A conceptual framework for utilising BIM digital objects (BDO) in manufacturing design and production: A case study

Al-Saeed, Y. and Pärn, E.A. and Edwards, D.J. and Scaysbrook, S. (2019) A conceptual framework for utilising BIM digital objects (BDO) in manufacturing design and production: A case study. Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, 17 (5). pp. 960-984. ISSN 1726-0531

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Purpose: Construction manufacturers predominantly rely upon antiquated manual design and production processes and procedures because they lack technical skills needed to automate working practices. This paper seeks to automate manufacturing processes by optimising the utilisation of BIM Digital Objects (BDO) via the development of a conceptual model. Concomitant objectives seek to: reduce design errors; eliminate unnecessary costs; automate the generation of quantity bills; and maximise productivity performance.

Design/methodology/approach: An inductive approach was adopted through a post positivist epistemological lens set within the context of a case study of a small-to-medium enterprise (SME). From an operational perspective, both qualitative and quantitative data was collected and analysed via a novel four phase waterfall design viz: i) literature diagnosis; ii) recording contemporary practice; iii) mapping manufacturing workflow and procedures; iiii) evaluation and proof of concept development.

Findings: The work illustrates that BDO enhances manufacturing workflow, reduces product manufacturing lead time and augments quality assurance throughout the whole life cycle of a manufactured product. The conceptual model developed provides a pragmatic and comprehensive solution to automate construction manufacturing procedures and improve the facilitation of information exchanged between all stakeholders involved.

Originality/value: This study presents the first comprehensive case study of BDO application within a manufacturing context. Future research is however, needed to test and validate the conceptual model presented in practice. In doing so, the model can be further refined using practitioner input and real-life manufacturing processes and procedures.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1108/JEDT-03-2019-0065
Date: 10 August 2019
Uncontrolled Keywords: BIM, Construction supply chain, BIM objects, conceptual framework, Information management, Building information modelling (BIM), Information management, conceptual framework, construction supply chain
Subjects: K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Depositing User: Euan Scott
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2020 10:00
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2020 10:00
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9408

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