Early Implementation of BIM into a Cold-Formed Steel Design/ Fabricator and an Architectural/Planning Consultancy

S. Barrett, M. Treacy, B. O'Reilly, J. Spillane, J. Lim, J. von Meding, K. Geary, N. Deary, G. Booth

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    There is a broad consensus surrounding the ability of building information modelling (BIM) to positively impact a project by enabling greater collaboration. This paper aims to examine the development of BIM and how it can contribute to the evermore present and growing cold-formed steel (CFS) industry. This is achieved thorough a comprehensive literature review and four exploratory interviews with industry experts. Work has been carried out, for the first time, alongside one of the UK’s largest CFS Designer/Fabricators in conjunction with Northern Ireland’s leading Architectural and Town Planning Consultants in the identification and dissemination of information. The capabilities of BIM have been investigated through modeling of simple CFS structures n consultation with the project partners. By scrutinising the literature and associated interviews, the primary opportunities, as well as barriers, of BIM implementation have been investigated in the context of these companies. It is essential to develop greater understanding of the flexibility, adaptability and interoperability of BIM software as the UK construction industry faces a daunting challenge; fully collaborative 3D BIM as required by the UK Government under the “Government Construction Strategy” by 2016 in all public sector projects. This paper, and the wider study that it stems from, approaches the problem from a new angle, from sections of the construction industry that have not yet fully embedded BIM.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings: 38th AUBEA International Conference : 20-22nd November 2013
    EditorsTak Wing Yiu, Vicente Gonzalez
    Place of PublicationNew Zealand
    Number of pages10
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    Event38th AUBEA International Conference - University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
    Duration: 20 Nov 201322 Nov 2013


    Conference38th AUBEA International Conference
    CountryNew Zealand

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