Technical Program Abstracts

(BIM) Building Information Modeling

NOTE: Program Subject to Change


(BIM-3072) The Constructible Process – Moving Beyond BIM to Build with Confidence

Author(s)/Presenters(s): Jon Fingland

Time/Room: SUN 1:00-2:00/Room 1


Today’s construction stakeholders don’t care how fancy a building information model (BIM) is, they care about having buildings done on time with minimized overruns or mistakes. Traditionally, BIM has been used as a design tool to give architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals insight into the design and construction of buildings and infrastructure. But, there's more to consider beyond just BIM.  A constructible process integrates the complete building lifecycle to manage construction activities, team collaboration and improve overall productivity. By combining design, estimation, project management and engineering models into a collaboration platform, data from different sources can be combined and used to make more informed decisions before build and beyond. This integrated process helps all stakeholders to have complete visibility with the project so that they can coordinate before they get onsite. This data-centric process also provides construction stakeholders with analytics and business intelligence that can be used to not just build with confidence but also optimize their entire business process, procedures and operations.


(BIM-3097) Application of BIM in Earned Value Management for Large-Scale Complex Construction Projects

Author(s)/Presenters(s): Xuejiao Liu; Chunfu Xu; Liqiu Kang

Time/Room: SUN 4:00-5:00/Room 1


Large-scale construction projects need a large amount of investment and long construction period for completion. It is critical for cost control of these projects to use earned value management. Large-scale and complex construction projects are often designed and constructed at the same time. BIM can reflect the design information of the engineering entity before the drawings published.

In this paper, concrete volume, room area, pipe length and other engineering data in BIM are applied to generate the planned value curve of the project and ensure its accuracy, and the earned value is compared with the actual cost reflected by BIM in real time. The follow-up cost trends and the EAC (estimate at completion) can be predicted accurately, which embodies the value of BIM application.


(BIM-3142) Building Information Modeling as Collaborative Working Mechanism on Construction Projects

Author(s)/Presenters(s): Charles U. Ufua

Time/Room: SUN 2:15-3:15/Room 1


Collaborative working practices between disciplines in the United Kingdom Construction Industry (UKCI), still revolves around the traditional exchange of 2D drawings and associated documentation. Despite the advancements made in the use of fully collaborative 3D models and applications for design development, visualization, simulations and analysis of an asset’s buildability and sustainability, however, collaborative practices have remained mainly 2D-based.

To this end, it would appear that the construction industry’s ability to adapt and apply innovations in the field of information and communication technology (ICT) is limited. It is this limitation that building information modelling (BIM) is expected to play a significant role in enhancing the construction industry’s ability to positively and copiously innovate and adapt more quickly to advances made in the field of ICT.

The aims of this technical paper are:

(A)          To evaluate the concept of collaborative working in the construction industry and examine the main problems existing in contemporary collaborative frameworks; and

(B)          To explore to what extent, BIM as a collaborative mechanism can address these problems by focusing on the definitive benefits of BIM through its dimensions.

This paper encourages the adoption of BIM as part of a broader strategy to enhance productivity and efficiency on construction projects.

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