Identification of Process, Team and Tool Dependencies in Building Information Modelling (BIM) Implementation using Multi-Domain Mapping (MDM) – A Theoretical Framework

DSM 2015: Modeling and managing complex systems - Proceedings of the 17th International DSM Conference Fort Worth (Texas, USA), 4-6 November 2015

Year: 2015
Editor: Browning, T. R.; Eppinger, S. D.; Schmidt, D. M.; Lindemann, U.
Author: Akintola, Y.; Senthilkumar, V.; Root, D. S.
Series: DSM
Section: Analyzing and Managing Organizations, Teams and Individuals
Page(s): 65-74


Construction projects are complex undertakings. They are characterised by multiple and diverse natured components, processes, and people; hence a high dependence on information, and often leading to inefficiencies in the project delivery process. The level of management of these complexities therefore greatly impinges on the performance of projects. In the past decade, implementing Building Information Modelling has been advocated as a veritable way of addressing these challenges. However, its implementation is fraught with many challenges, prominent among which is the lack of clarity as to how it impacts the existing project delivery workflows. To an effort to overcome this, the paper presents a theoretical framework for understanding and evaluating the demands for change in existing work practices and workflows. Second, it proposes a framework for decompose and populate an MDM model within which BIM change propagation may be evaluated.

Keywords: Complexities, DSM, Activity Theory, BIM

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