BIM & Project Cost Management - Implementation Issues & Creative Solutions

Diamond Congress Ltd
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Conference Proceeding
Proceedings Creative Construction Conference 2013, 2013, pp. 744 - 756
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This paper examines the issues related to the implementation of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Automated Quantities technologies by the Australian Quantity Surveying profession. The findings provide lessons learnt and solutions that are relevant to the project cost management field on a global scale. Objectives of Study: The effective implementation and use of BIM and automated quantities remains a major issue for the QS profession in Australia as it does for the construction industry generally. The purpose of this study is to investigate the main barriers and problems facing firms and, conversely, to identify approaches that are being successfully used by firms that are leading the way in the field. Methods: The methodology for this paper is based on a review of current industry trends and issues with BIM implementation, detailed interviews with quantity surveying firms in Australia to evaluate how the profession is dealing with BIM implementation and a case study of a quantity surveying at the forefront of BIM implementation. Results: The interviews reveal that there are considerable implementation issues. The key problem relates to quality issues with BIM models the industry requires high quality BIM models for all professionals to be able to use the model most effectively and, more importantly, trust the accuracy of the information and data that is being generated. Liability issues for incorrect information/data generated from the models were also highlighted as a major area that needs addressing. Nevertheless, an increasing number of firms are utilizing 5D BIM tools to dramatically improve the quality, efficiency and sophistication of their cost management services particularly at the front end of projects at the cost planning stage. Conclusions: The paper concludes with a range of creative solutions and recommendations based on the case study results and other innovative approaches adopted by the interviewed firms.
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