Optimization of the BIM Authoring Tool in Architectural Practice: A Case Study Approach

Optimization of the BIM Authoring Tool in Architectural Practice: A Case Study Approach

Paul Coates (University of Salford, UK) and Yusuf Arayici (University of Salford, UK)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 16
DOI: 10.4018/ij3dim.2012040103
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Construction companies are facing barriers and challenges in Building Information Modelling (BIM) adoption as there is no clear guidance or best practice studies from which they can learn and build up their capacity for BIM use to increase productivity, efficiency, and quality. One of the key challenges in the BIM adoption is the ability of optimisation of a selected BIM authoring tool according to a company’s needs and requirements. This paper explains the approach for the optimisation of BIM technology selected in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project, undertaken between the University of Salford and John McCall Architects. The BIM implementation approach in the KTP used a socio-technical view that considered both the implementation of technology and its socio-cultural environment. The adoption and optimisation used the action research oriented qualitative and quantitative research for discovery, comparison, and experimentation it provided for “learning by doing.”
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3. Optimisation Of The Bim System

Optmisation after the deployment of the BIM authoring tool can be conducted in two stages: i) the optimisation according to the tasks and explicit user requirements, and ii) optimisation according to the implicit (tacit) requirements of the end users undertaking the tasks. These two stages are equally important and necessary to achieve successful optimisation of the BIM authoring tool for the company, where stage 1 of the optimisation process was carried out within a defined timeframe whereas stage 2 was seen as an ongoing activity since the user requirements are dynamically changing and evolving overtime since more and more explicit and tacit requirements are explored throughout the BIM implementation process. On the other hand, little documentation and guidance exists about this issue in the literature even though firms can gain significant competitive advatages from such optmisation.

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