Implementing building information modeling (BIM) in precast fabrication using a re-engineering methodology
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This thesis examines how Building Information Modeling (BIM) could be implemented more efficiently to structural precast fabrication process. The goal is to create an efficient BIM implementation process and a basic guideline that are customized to meet the needs of structural precast fabricators. At the moment neither the aforesaid process nor a guideline exists, and this has led to diverse results regarding BIM implementation efforts. The literature review was carried out in two parts: first through conducting a comprehensive literature review regarding BIM. Results of the first literature review were complemented with a second literature review regarding Business Process Re-engineering (BPR). Literature reviews formed the theoretical foundation that was then reviewed against the findings of case interviews. Based on the empirical findings from both literature reviews and the case interviews, the BIM implementation process for structural precast fabricators and the guideline on how to execute and follow up the progress of the implementation were created. The process as well as the guideline consists of various process phases and parts of BIM. The main theoretical contributions are the BIM implementation process and the guideline that were developed through combining the theories of BIM and BPR. As a practical contribution, some tools for the process and the guideline were developed or modified to facilitate BIM implementation efforts.