Enhancing Construction Processes Using Building Information Modelling on Mobile Devices

Enhancing Construction Processes Using Building Information Modelling on Mobile Devices

Soussou Nader (D. G. Jones & Partners, Dubai, UAE), Zeeshan Aziz (University of Salford, Manchester, UK) and Munir Mustapha (Project-Cost Consultants, Kaduna, Kaduna State, Nigeria)
Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 12
DOI: 10.4018/ij3dim.2013070103
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This paper reviews existing construction processes of a Leading International Engineering Contracting firm in the Middle East and investigates the potential of improving existing processes using mobile Building Information Technology and processes. Qualitative data was captured through detailed interviews with key personnel, site observations and existing site processes that are mapped from site mobilisation to practical completion stage. Industry practitioners whom were involved in the project have validated the to-be process maps. The paper identifies non-adding value activities in the existing processes and highlights the potential of using mobile technologies in addressing limitations of the as-is processes. The paper also highlights the potential of enhancing efficiency and effectiveness of existing processes using readily available technologies.
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2. Literature Review

In the Construction Industry, the efficient and effective management of information is important to the success of a project. Methodologies such as knowledge management systems (El Gohary and7 El Diraby, 2010), innovation management systems (Girmscheid and7 Hartmann, 2001) and integrated collaborative systems (Dave and7 Koskela, 2010) are research efforts aimed at improving the control of information by project participants in a system. Aiming to exploit mobile devices to create a medium that will facilitate the dissemination of information during site activities.

In recent years, there has been phenomenal growth in the area of mobile computing and its applications to enhance construction processes. Some of these approaches have focused on developing a conceptual framework or platform to provide real time connectivity. Whilst other researchers have focused on developing various tools to address the issue of productivity, Chen and Kamara (2011) introduced a framework for the implementation of mobile computing in Construction Sites, which involves an application and a technical model. The application model identifies key opportunities, interactions and restrictions in the use of mobile BIM, while the technological model offers the user a framework to design mobile BIM systems from a technical perspective. Kim et al. (2011) developed a Software Development Kit, to present a location-based construction site management system using a mobile computing platform.

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