MDM as a Tool for Process Improvement in Building Modeling

Year: 2011
Editor: Eppinger, S. D., Maurer, M., Eben, K., Lindemann, U.
Author: Hickethier, G.; Tommelein, I.D.; Hofmann, M.; Lostuvali, B.; Gehbauer, F.
Section: Civil Engineering
Page(s): 349-362


Building Information Modelling (BIM) refers to models of geometry of a facility to be designed and built. The goal of the BIM development process is to build an error-free model in an efficient way. The use of Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycles has proven successful for adapting the BIM development process to the needs off the project, thus avoiding rework during development of the model. Integrated modelling of conflicts between building components (often called ‘clashes’), the BIM development process, and the organizational structure of the development team with the Multiple Domain Matrix (MDM) enabled deduction of planned and actual communication flows in the organization. The two perspectives of communication were compared as part of ‘Check’ in the PDCA cycle. Comparison identified problems in the BIM development process, which were the starting point for root cause analysis.

Keywords: Multiple Domain Matrix (MDM), Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), Building Information Modelling (BIM), process mapping, Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA), lean construction design, collocation


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