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American Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture. 2013, 1(6), 164-173
DOI: 10.12691/ajcea-1-6-6
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Early Implementation of Building Information Modeling into a Cold-Formed Steel Company: Providing Novel Project Management Techniques and Solutions to Industry

Samuel A. Barrett1, John P. Spillane1, and James B. P. Lim2

1School of Planning, Architecture & Civil Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom

2Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Pub. Date: November 13, 2013

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Samuel A. Barrett, John P. Spillane and James B. P. Lim. Early Implementation of Building Information Modeling into a Cold-Formed Steel Company: Providing Novel Project Management Techniques and Solutions to Industry. American Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture. 2013; 1(6):164-173. doi: 10.12691/ajcea-1-6-6

Abstract

The ability of building information modeling (BIM) to positively impact projects in the AEC through greater collaboration and integration is widely acknowledged. This paper aims to examine the development of BIM and how it can contribute to the cold-formed steel (CFS) building industry. This is achieved through the adoption of a qualitative methodology encompassing a literature review, exploratory interviews with industry experts, culminating in the development of e-learning material for the sector. In doing so, the research team have collaborated with one of the United Kingdom’s largest cold-formed steel designer/fabricators. By demonstrating the capabilities of BIM software and providing technical and informative videos in its creation, this project has found two key outcomes. Firstly, to provide invaluable assistance in the transition from traditional processes to a fully collaborative 3D BIM as required by the UK Government under the “Government Construction Strategy” by 2016 in all public sector projects. Secondly, to demonstrate BIM’s potential not only within CFS companies, but also within the AEC sector as a whole. As the flexibility, adaptability and interoperability of BIM software is alluded to, the results indicate that the introduction and development of BIM and the underlying ethos suggests that it is a key tool in the development of the industry as a whole.

Keywords:
BIMMasterseriesNavisworks Revit project management portal frame collaboration

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