Mobilizing Bim in a Collaborative Project Environment

Bill Collinge1 & John Connaughton2

1Researcher, Construction Management & Engineering, Whiteknights, University of Reading, Reading, UK, [email protected]
2Professor of Sustainable Systems in the Built Environment, Construction Management & Engineering, Whiteknights, University of Reading, Reading, UK, [email protected]


This paper reports on the application of BIM methods an innovative project in the UK that is pioneering a new form of project insurance (Integrated Project Insurance) that joins project partners together as a virtual company. The paper examines the processes put in place to optimize BIM usage whilst reviewing the problems and issues encountered; the observations of a researcher being combined with the reflections of the BIM Information Manager. It is noted that mobilizing a comprehensive BIM-centric system is a complex and difficult undertaking, with new roles and responsibilities needing to be created, that put extra pressures on project partners. The positive results of using BIM in a collaborative environment are noted as the findings suggest inclusive contractual arrangements facilitate enhanced BIM use. The insights inform understanding of mobilizing BIM in a collaborative project environment as it is argued that only a fully collaborative project environment can realise the full benefits of BIM.


BIM, collaboration, Integrated Project Insurance, organization



Collinge, B. & Connaughton, J. 2017, 'Mobilizing Bim in a Collaborative Project Environment' In:, 25th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Heraklion, Greece, 9-12 Jul 2017. pp 251-258

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