Mechanical contractors: the key for supply chain integration in lifecycle BIM
by Sumit Oberoi; Dominik Holzer
International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management (IJPLM), Vol. 9, No. 3, 2016

Abstract: The research presented here investigates the requirements for specialist trades in the construction industry to increase productivity across their sector when using building information modelling (BIM). Drivers for innovation among specialist trades, and in particular mechanical contractors, get examined in conjunction with the implementation of bespoke policies, documentation standards, and BIM object libraries that enable a whole-of-life approach to project delivery. In order to approach this topic, the authors analysed available literature about BIM dissemination across the supply chain and they studied existing approaches in practice based on the example of the BIM-MEPAUS initiative of the Australian Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors' Association (AMCA). Accounts from BIM-MEPAUS highlight the opportunities and challenges of BIM-use among specialist trades and they illustrate the raise of the BIM-enabled mechanical contractors. The paper acts as a reference for other specialist trade industry groups who may wish to follow their example.

Online publication date: Sat, 26-Nov-2016

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