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Buildings 2014, 4(3), 453-466; doi:10.3390/buildings4030453

Digital Modeling, Integrated Project Delivery and Industry Transformation: An Australian Case Study

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Urban Research Program, Griffith University, Nathan, 170 Kessels Road, Queensland 4111, Australia
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Humanities Research and Graduate Studies, Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley, Perth, Western Australia 6102, Australia
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Received: 8 April 2014 / Revised: 27 June 2014 / Accepted: 25 August 2014 / Published: 2 September 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Future Directions in Building Information Modeling)
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Abstract

This research is focused on realizing productivity benefits for the delivery of transport infrastructure in the Australian construction industry through the use of building information modeling (BIM), virtual design and construction (VDC) and integrated project delivery (IPD). Specific objectives include: (I) building an understanding of the institutional environment, business systems and support mechanisms (e.g., training and skilling) which impact on the uptake of BIM/VDC; (II) gathering data to undertake a cross-country analysis of these environments; and (III) providing strategic and practical outcomes to guide the uptake of such processes in Australia. Activities which will inform this research include a review of academic literature and industry documentation, semi-formal interviews in Australia and Sweden, and a cross-country comparative analysis to determine factors affecting uptake and associated productivity improvements. These activities will seek to highlight the gaps between current-practice and best-practice which are impacting on widespread adoption of BIM/VDC and IPD. Early findings will be discussed with intended outcomes of this research being used to: inform a national public procurement strategy; provide guidelines for new contractual frameworks; and contribute to closing skill gaps. View Full-Text
Keywords: building information modeling (BIM); virtual design and construction (VDC); integrated project delivery (IPD); transport infrastructure; Australia; procurement building information modeling (BIM); virtual design and construction (VDC); integrated project delivery (IPD); transport infrastructure; Australia; procurement
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Kraatz, J.A.; Sanchez, A.X.; Hampson, K.D. Digital Modeling, Integrated Project Delivery and Industry Transformation: An Australian Case Study. Buildings 2014, 4, 453-466.

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