Title: Principles and recommendations for client information requirements for BIM enabled construction projects in Qatar

Authors: Mian Atif Hafeez; Ahmad Mohammad Ahmad; Racha Chahrour; Vladimir Vukovic; Nashwan Dawood; Mohamad Kassem

Addresses: School of Science and Engineering, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, TS1 3BA, UK ' Qatar University, Building B09, Al Tarfa, Doha 2713, Qatar ' HOCHTIEF ViCon, Al Rayyan Rd, Doha, Qatar ' Technology Futures Institute (TFI), School of Science and Engineering, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, TS1 3BA, UK ' School of Science and Engineering, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, TS1 3BA, UK ' Mechanical and Construction Engineering, Northumbria University, Newcastle, NE1 8ST, UK

Abstract: Employer's information requirements (EIR) is one of the key early documents in projects using building information modelling (BIM). EIR, introduced by the UK BIM Task Group, sets out information deliverables and the standards and processes to be adopted by the supply chain. It includes a set of requirements and guidelines in three areas namely technical, management and commercial. EIR, which are applicable to the construction industry in Qatar, are not clearly defined despite BIM is increasingly required on projects. This paper aims to develop a set of principles and recommendations for the three areas of the EIR which are applicable to Qatar's construction sector. Following an investigation of current BIM practices in Qatar, a set of general principles and recommendations were proposed and validated for the areas of the client information requirements (CIR) - an adaption of the term EIR as evidenced in the paper.

Keywords: building information modelling; BIM; client information requirements; CIR; employer information requirements; EIR; Qatar; construction industry; supply chain management; SCM.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPLM.2016.080503

International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management, 2016 Vol.9 No.3, pp.198 - 218

Received: 22 Feb 2016
Accepted: 03 Aug 2016

Published online: 23 Nov 2016 *

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