A Literature Review on 4d Bim for Logistics Operations and Workspace Management

Cristina T. Pérez1, Luara L. A. Fernandes2 & Dayana B. Costa3

1Research Assistant of the Department of Structural and Construction Engineering Federal Univ. of Bahia (UFBA), Salvador, Brazil, [email protected]
2BSc Student in Civil Engineering, UFBA, Brazil, [email protected]
3Associate Professor, Engineering School, Department of Structural and Construction Engineering, UFBA, Brazil, +55(71) 3283-9731, [email protected]


Planning the logistic operations and the construction site layout is extremely important to avoid waiting time, double handling, transportation wastes and workflow conflict. Therefore, workspace management can support the Lean thinking through minimization or even completely eliminating the transportation, inventory and motion tasks, which are all non-value adding activities. In fact, much has been written on ways to minimize site logistics waste but few studies have addressed the use of 4D BIM for logistic operations and transportation waste reduction on jobsites. This paper presents a literature review of mainstream studies of 4D BIM, focusing on logistic operations in order to identify study opportunities for waste minimization in workspaces and workflows. The methodology employed is based on a review of the literature published in the last 10 years, in which information was collected from the International Conference of Lean Construction (IGLC) papers and a set of mainstream computing in civil and building engineering journals. This paper aims to contribute by providing a state of art on 4D BIM for site layout planning and workspace management for this knowledge area.


Building Information Modeling (BIM), 4D modeling, logistics and workspace.



Pérez, C. T. , Fernandes, L. L. A. & Costa, D. B. 2016. A Literature Review on 4d Bim for Logistics Operations and Workspace Management, 24th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction , -. doi.org/

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