Title: Building information modelling (BIM) for structural components in construction

Authors: B.D. Hilton; S. Azhar; M. Khalfan; I. Ul-Haq

Addresses: Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA ' Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA ' RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia ' RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Abstract: This research explored the use of the structural Building Information Models, as they relate to shop drawings and fabrication. This research attempts to help further identify obstacles that have been preventing the use of BIM on US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) construction projects. Data was collected by survey from firms that work with the USACE. The survey questions were designed to gather an overall understanding of BIM, its use, the structural aspects of the model, Level of Development, and funding options. It was found that the key obstacles preventing the use of structural BIM modelling, on USACE' projects, were the required level of development to produce shop and fabrication sheets, and the statutory limitations on design dollars. Key recommendations from the results of this research suggest that USACE needs to improve BIM enforcement requirements, and then guide and mentor project team members through the learning curve.

Keywords: structural aspects of the BIM model; level of development; USACE; US Army Corps of Engineers; construction projects.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSRECE.2021.118082

International Journal of Sustainable Real Estate and Construction Economics, 2021 Vol.2 No.1, pp.20 - 45

Received: 01 Feb 2020
Accepted: 21 May 2020

Published online: 02 Oct 2021 *

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