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Michaud, Martin, Forgues, Eva-Charlotte, Carignan, Vincent, Forgues, Daniel and Ouellet-Plamondon, Claudiane. 2019. « A lean approach to optimize BIM information flow using value stream mapping ». Journal of Information Technology in Construction (ITcon), vol. 24. pp. 472-488.
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Building Information Modelling (BIM) was introduced in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry as a shared information platform that aims to improve productivity through better collaboration. The assumption is that a virtual integration of information among project stakeholders would reduce the issues around the fragmented nature of the processes that still prevail in the construction field. This paper aims to highlight the sources of waste in the information flows between an architecture firm, a Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) engineering firm, a general contractor (GC) and a MEP subcontractor (SC) in a BIM project – an aspect of waste little covered in the Lean literature. The focus is on the MEP process from early design to the final product. This research contributes to the identification of the main barriers to information flow, including the conflicts and waste sources that emerge from using BIM, as well as to the identification of emerging successes. Moreover, the findings offer practical implications by providing a visual of the patterns emerging from the use of BIM. Finally, by providing potential waste reduction strategies such as Value Stream Mapping (VSM) this work allows construction actors to identify and reduce sources of waste in their processes.

Item Type: Peer reviewed article published in a journal
Forgues, Daniel
Ouellet-Plamondon, Claudiane
Affiliation: Génie de la construction, Génie de la construction
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2019 21:46
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2020 19:53

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