How Building Information Modelling software (BIM) is being used in the Architectural and Engineering (AE) industry and how the use of this software is impacted by the AE industries own understanding of BIM - A South East Queensland (SEQ) Perspective

van Neuren, Craig S. (2020) How Building Information Modelling software (BIM) is being used in the Architectural and Engineering (AE) industry and how the use of this software is impacted by the AE industries own understanding of BIM - A South East Queensland (SEQ) Perspective. [USQ Project]

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Abstract

Building Information Modelling (BIM) has been at the forefront of the Architectural and Engineering (AE) industry for nearly 2 decades.

Traditionally, the BIM ‘dimension’ and ‘maturity’ levels relating to the software have been identified as the most utilised aspects to measure the software use. These terms describe using BIM-enabled software to create data that can be used, moved and changed for the lifecycle of a building or structure, and are benchmarks for the capability of the AE industry’s use of BIM.

However, a greater understanding of how the AE industry is using design software is required, particularly in relation to how the use of BIM software relates to the user’s own understanding of BIM software as a management tool, rather than a modelling tool. This research will better idenitfy the extent of BIM use in design software across the AE industry in SEQ. This could help further the understanding of BIM use, aiding the discovery of better pathways for BIM implementation across the AE industry. It may also help to identify a correlation between user understanding of BIM generally, and how the design software is being used.

This is an important step to help governments or BIM enablers faciliate a BIM environment. These groups aim to produce a common standard that can be utilised by all within this industry to facliitate a platform that could make information sharing, collaboration and performing their roles easier.

An in-depth literature review of preceding research into BIM was used to develop a questionnaire that was delivered to the AE industry in SEQ. The questionnaire used a scaled (Likert Scale) questioning for quantitative assessment followed by a combination of multiple-choice with optional short answer qualitative type questions. These questions were used to gauge the level of BIM design software use.

The data suggests that Small and Medium Enterprise businesses (SME) demonstrate slower levels of BIM software development and use. This suggests that the functionality of BIM software can be greater utilised and further, that BIM can be diversified to include a greater range of users, BIM will remain in its infancy until the opportunity to implement it across all levels the AE industry becomes a reality.

The research also suggested that Government mandates of BIM would be important to furthering the use of BIM across the local AE industry, however, it was found that participants felt that mandates should be implemented cautiously and with sufficient industry guidance, to not do so may to some industry sectors force unachievable goals which could be damaging to the adoption of BIM and how BIM is being use in the industry.

Further research into the potential to facilitate design aspects such as engineering or architectural principals and standards checking within a BIM software framework may expand the use of BIM within the industry.


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Additional Information: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Civil)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 -)
Supervisors: Thorpe, David
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2021 06:11
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2021 06:11
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/43025

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