Incorporating knowledge of construction and facility management into the design in the BIM environment

Hao Wang, Xianhai Meng, Patrick McGetrick

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Many studies have highlighted the importance of early project phases, during which the levels of uncertainty and stakeholder influence are considerably high, but the cost of change is substantially low. Construction projects become increasingly complex and require the early involvement of project participants. Consequently, the knowledge of construction contractors and facility management (FM) teams should be considered in the design phase to improve project management. Building information modelling (BIM) is an object-oriented and parametric-based information technology, which is characterised by digital representation, project lifecycle simulation and collaborative working. However, existing studies have considerably focused on BIM-based information management and limited research has considered BIM-based knowledge management (KM). This study aims to explore collaborative KM during design in the BIM environment. Semi-structured interviews and questionnaire surveys are conducted to collect qualitative and quantitative information from people working in the construction industry in the UK and Ireland. A conceptual framework is developed based on the analysis results to illustrate how knowledge of construction and FM can be incorporated into the design phase in the BIM environment. BIM's potential for KM has been identified in this study. Moreover, the expectations and requirements of BIM-based KM are also identified that include technical, process and cultural aspects. Consequently, this study provides new insights into the transformation from BIM to building knowledge modelling (BKM).
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 03 Sep 2018
EventProceeding of the 34th Annual ARCOM Conference - Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 03 Sep 201805 Sep 2018
Conference number: 34th


ConferenceProceeding of the 34th Annual ARCOM Conference
Abbreviated titleARCOM
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • BIM
  • knowledge management
  • collaboration


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