Special Issue "Lean Design and Building Information Modelling"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2020).
Interests: design management; lean design and construction; Building Information Modelling; value generation; requirements management; healthcare design; social housing
For many years, researchers and practitioners aimed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of design and production in construction. This has been the main focus of Lean Design and Construction initiatives and remain as current today as it was more than 25 years ago, at the begining of Lean Construction research.
Lean addresses design as a production process, in which information is transformed, value added to it continually, informed by clients and other stakeholders. Design has been highlighted in lean as the main means to generate value to clients. However, the adoption of lean thinking is still modest in design. The complexity in identifying and managing requirements, the multiple and sometimes competing requirements for efficiency, sustainability and cost, handovers between professionals and organisations, the inherently temporal nature of construction teams and the continuously evolving technological agenda make the undertaking of design increasingly challenging.
Lean design and Building Information Modelling (BIM) are central means of the ongoing transformation in the construction industry. However, the emphasis of BIM research has been mostly in the technology, although the results of the implementation depend at least as much, if not more, upon business environment and social phenomena. The links between Lean and BIM have been discussed for 10 years, and there is a clear need and opportunity to continue to unravel these links, and to consider a social science perspective in this context.
The current transformation around Lean and BIM is a major opportunity for researchers to observe interesting phenomena such as as creativity, problem-solving, collaboration, co-creation, commitment and trust, which may lead to improved methods and models of management. The evolving technological and business landscape provides many interesting puzzles and contradictions for researchers to study.
Therefore, this Special Issue provides a forum to discuss and identify new trends and developments in Lean Design and Building Information Modelling in improving the design process and its outcomes.
We invite researchers to submit original papers that include conceptual, empirical, analytical, or design-oriented approaches: Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Design theory
- Value generation
- Target Value delivery
- Integrated Project Delivery
- Links between Lean and BIM in design; how they complement each other at detailed activity levels
- Collaboration, co-creation and early involvement of stakeholders in digitally enabled projects
- Design management tools and techniques, such as Choosing by Advantages, Set Based Design between others
- Requirements capture and management
- Visual Management applications in digital design and production
- Design creativity
- Improved levels of automation in design – code checking, standardised products, platforms, mass customisation
- Other technological developments e.g. robotics, 3D printing, Artificial Intelligence – and how they affect design
Prof. Patricia Tzortzopoulos
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