Review of the use and development of Building Information Modelling software in the Architectural and Engineering industry - an Australian Perspective

van Neuren, Craig and Thorpe, David (2021) Review of the use and development of Building Information Modelling software in the Architectural and Engineering industry - an Australian Perspective. In: 7th International Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society Conference (SEEDS 2021), 01 Sept - 03 Sept 2021, Leeds, United Kingdom and Online.

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Building Information Modelling (BIM) has the potential to significantly improve design, construction and asset management in the Architectural and Engineering (AE) industry, including optimising the life cycle of constructed facilities, and improving their ongoing sustainable development and operation. While the main focus to date of BIM development has been on its dimensional characteristics and its maturity levels, a greater understanding is required of how well industry is using this software in design.

Research has accordingly been undertaken into the use of BIM as a management tool in the AE industry in South East Queensland, Australia, focusing primarily on SME businesses, with the purpose of identifying the extent of BIM use in design software, better understanding how BIM modelling software is used in the design process, and better aiding the discovery of improved pathways for its implementation. Achieving these goals can assist government and BIM enablers to facilitate the development of a common standard to aid industry participants to improve information sharing, collaboration and improved performance, thus impacting on positive built environment life cycle aspects like interoperability, design consistency, and improving sustainable development and management.

The results of a mixed methods questionnaire, which consisted of a number of Likert scale questions, plus a number of short answer qualitative questions, which was sent to industry respondents on the use of BIM in the AE industry in South East Queensland suggest that while BIM has been quite widely adopted in the industry, SME businesses in the AE industry demonstrate relatively slow development in their use of BIM software. In addition, its functionality can be better utilized, and BIM can be diversified to include a greater range of users. While Government mandates of BIM would be likely to increase the use of BIM across the industry, respondents felt that such mandates should be implemented cautiously and with industry guidance, so as to not force unachievable goals which could be damage the increased adoption and use of BIM in the industry.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences - Centre for Future Materials (1 Jan 2017 -)
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2022 04:55
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2022 03:36
Uncontrolled Keywords: Building Information Modelling; Sustainability; Design; Architecture; Engineering
Fields of Research (2008): 12 Built Environment and Design > 1204 Engineering Design > 120403 Engineering Design Methods
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090502 Construction Engineering
10 Technology > 1099 Other Technology > 109999 Technology not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4699 Other information and computing sciences > 469999 Other information and computing sciences not elsewhere classified
40 ENGINEERING > 4005 Civil engineering > 400504 Construction engineering
33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3303 Design > 330306 Design practice and methods
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): B Economic Development > 87 Construction > 8702 Construction Design > 870201 Civil Construction Design
B Economic Development > 89 Information and Communication Services > 8902 Computer Software and Services > 890299 Computer Software and Services not elsewhere classified
B Economic Development > 87 Construction > 8798 Environmentally Sustainable Construction > 879899 Environmentally Sustainable Construction not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 22 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 2201 Communication technologies, systems and services > 220199 Communication technologies, systems and services not elsewhere classified
12 CONSTRUCTION > 1202 Construction design > 120202 Commercial construction design
12 CONSTRUCTION > 1202 Construction design > 120201 Civil construction design

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