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Understanding Building Information Modelling Collaborative Practices in the UK Construction Industry

Author:

Daniel Quevado Seguel

Abstract

From the nineties onwards, several reports in the UK have claimed that the
construction industry is one of the most unproductive sectors. In this context,
building information modelling (BIM) has been presented as a collaborative
methodology or technology that can improve productivity levels within
organisations, as well as when working among different enterprises. With this
objective, the British government mandated the use of BIM in the development
of public projects in 2011 as a way of enhancing collaboration among the
numerous participants of the edification process. However, little attention has
been paid to how the actual collaboration occurs. Dominant narratives, normally
issued from managerial and engineering perspectives, tend to overlook and
simplify social aspects as collaboration. By focusing on social aspects, the
present work draws on practice theory and the concepts of enactment and
technologies-in-practice to analyse the actions and practices that occur in the
coordination process of projects. In summary, this study proposes that people
do not necessarily enact BIM in collaborative manners and that it is instrumental
to investigate more precise concepts such as synchronisation and exploration
in order to understand technological change and provide relevant insights for
the industry.

How to Cite: Quevado Seguel, D., 2020. Understanding Building Information Modelling Collaborative Practices in the UK Construction Industry. iSCHANNEL, 14(1), pp.4–11.
Published on 06 Jan 2020.
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