A study of BIM collaboration requirements and available features in existing model collaboration systems

Shafiq, Muhammad Tariq, Matthews, Jane and Lockley, Steve (2013) A study of BIM collaboration requirements and available features in existing model collaboration systems. Journal of Information Technology in Construction (ITcon), 18. pp. 148-161. ISSN 1874-4753

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Abstract

Established collaboration practices in the construction industry are document centric and are challenged by the introduction of Building Information Modelling (BIM). Document management collaboration systems (e.g. Extranets) have significantly improved the document collaboration in recent years; however their capabilities for model collaboration are limited and do not support the complex requirements of BIM collaboration. The construction industry is responding to this situation by adopting emerging model collaboration systems (MCS), such as model servers, with the ability to exploit and reuse information directly from the models to extend the current intra-disciplinary collaboration towards integrated multi-disciplinary collaboration on models. The functions of existing MCSs have evolved from the manufacturing industry and there is no concrete study on how these functions correspond to the requirements of the construction industry, especially with BIM requirements. This research has conducted focus group sessions with major industry disciplines to explore the user requirements for BIM collaboration. The research results have been used to categorise and express the features of existing MCS which are then analysed in selected MCS from a user’s perspective. The potential of MCS and the match or gap in user requirements and available model collaboration features is discussed. This study concludes that model collaborative solutions for construction industry users are available in different capacities; however a comprehensive custom built solution is yet to be realized. The research results are useful for construction industry professionals, software developers and researchers involved in exploring collaborative solutions for the construction industry.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available under the Commons Attribution 3.0 unported license.
Uncontrolled Keywords: BIM, user requirements, model server, design collaboration, model collaboration systems
Subjects: K100 Architecture
K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2013 08:20
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2016 17:28
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/13119

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