BIM for Production: Benefits and Challenges for Its Application in a Design-Bid-Build Project

Paula Mota1, Fernanda Machado2, Clarissa Biotto3, Ricardo Mota4 & Bruno Mota5

1MSc, BIM Manager, SIPPRO Consultancy, Fortaleza, Brazil, [email protected]
2MSc, BIM Manager, Núcleo de Inovação BIM - NIB, Salvador, Brazil, [email protected]
3Post-Doc Researcher, Federal University of Sao Carlos, Brazil, [email protected]
4Civil Eng, CEO, SIPPRO Consultancy, Fortaleza, Brazil, [email protected]
5Civil Eng., Lean Consultant, LogiKal, Birmingham, UK, [email protected]


The poor management of the information flow in the AEC industry is a significant problem that might be overcome by the adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Lean Construction philosophy. Although the increasing use of BIM models by construction companies, the management of BIM models for production purposes still lacks a systematic investigation by scholars. Thus, the paper presents a design-bid-build (D-B-B) project to investigate the necessary efforts of design and construction stakeholders in order to generate the BIM models for production. Moreover, the authors analysed the information flow, stakeholders’ responsibilities and interactions in the BIM process. The study finds that the effective use of BIM for production is impacted by the D-B-B route due to the lack of information for construction contained within the BIM models generated by designers. Likewise, the effort of modelling for production requires a new skilled professional with design and construction knowledge. The study is limited to one case study outcomes; however, the constraints for the adoption of BIM for production are general to the AEC industry.


BIM, production, information flow, constructive model, design-bid-build, procurement



Mota, P. , Machado, F. , Biotto, C. , Mota, R. & Mota, B. 2019, 'BIM for Production: Benefits and Challenges for Its Application in a Design-Bid-Build Project' In:, Proc. 27th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC). Dublin, Ireland, 3-5 Jul 2019. pp 687-698

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