Application of Bim for Supporting Decisionmaking Related to Logistics in Prefabricated Building Systems

Fernanda S. Bataglin1, Daniela D. Viana2, Carlos T. Formoso3 & Iamara R. Bulhões4

1M.Sc. Student, School of Engineering, Building Innovation Research Unit (NORIE), Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, Brazil, [email protected]
2Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Department, CLN, UFRGS, Porto Alegre, Brazil, [email protected]
3Professor, School of Engineering NORIE, UFRGS, Porto Alegre, Brazil, [email protected]
4Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Department, CLN-UFRGS, Porto Alegre, Brazil, [email protected]


Managing industrialised construction requires an accurate synchronisation of design, manufacturing and assembly processes. Considering the high uncertainty and the interdependences between different processes on site, it is important to consider the status of the construction site in the planning and control process. Understanding the demands of site assembly in terms of components is a key step for integrating fabrication and site assembly. One possible approach is to use Building Information Modelling (BIM) for planning the logistics operations of prefabricated building systems. The aim of this paper is to describe an application of BIM 4D modelling for supporting the planning and control process of logistics operations for Engineer-toorder (ETO) concrete prefabricated structures. Design Science Research was the methodological approach adopted in this investigation, which involved an empirical study carried out in partnership with a company that design, produces and assemble prefabrication concrete structures. The main contribution of this investigation is on how to increase the reliability of information exchanges by concentrating product and process information in a BIM model. Also, some guidelines on how to plan loading and unloading operations, and how to use BIM to assess changes in production plans, considering the logistics impacts.


Industrialised construction, logistics process, 4D BIM simulation, planning loads, lean construction.



Bataglin, F. S. , Viana, D. D. , Formoso, C. T. & Bulhões, I. R. 2017. Application of Bim for Supporting Decisionmaking Related to Logistics in Prefabricated Building Systems, 25th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction , 71-78.

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