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Building information modeling: Analyzing noteworthy publications of eight countries using a knowledge content taxonomy

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© 2015 by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Building Information Modeling (BIM) tools and workflows have the potential to significantly improve the efficiency of design, construction and operation activities. Numerous BIM deliverables and their respective requirements have been widely discussed by industry stakeholders. This is evidenced by the intensity of online communications surrounding BIM topics and the accelerating availability of noteworthy BIM publications (NBP)s. NBPs are publically-available industry documents incorporating guidelines, protocols and requirements focusing on BIM deliverables and workflows. These publications are the product of various governmental bodies, industry associations, communities of practice and research institutions, intended to facilitate BIM adoption, and realize BIM’s value-adding potential. A specialized taxonomy is employed to analyze 57 noteworthy BIM publications from across eight countries selected for their active BIM scene. The BIM knowledge content (BKC) taxonomy includes three knowledge content clusters (guides, protocols and mandates) subdivided into 18 knowledge content labels (e.g. report, manual, and contract). Ten of these content labels are used to analyze and compare publications from Australia, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Preliminary content analysis is then performed which provides insight into the availability and distribution of BIM knowledge within noteworthy BIM publications. The analysis identifies knowledge gaps within publications and highlights opportunities for future research and complementary publication efforts. This chapter contributes to organizing BIM knowledge as contained within numerous noteworthy BIM publications and - by that - facilitates targeted access to their content. It provides a knowledge repository for construction industry stakeholder’s to utilize during BIM implementation and a research base for investigators seeking to identify and address knowledge gaps across the BIM domain.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Kassem M, Succar B, Dawood N

Editor(s): Raja RA Issa; Svetlana Olbina

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Building Information Modeling: Applications and Practices

Year: 2015

Pages: 329-371

Online publication date: 02/06/2015

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

Publisher: American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)


DOI: 10.1061/9780784413982.ch13

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9780784413982