Date of Award

12-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Construction Science and Management (MCSM)

Legacy Department

Construction Science and Management

Advisor

Dr. Jason Lucas

Committee Member

Dr. Dennis Bausman

Committee Member

Dr. Shima Clarke

Abstract

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is continuing to grow in popularity among contractors and more recently among owners as the complexity and usefulness of models are improved. Many construction firms have used BIM or adopted it in their practices to some degree. However, while it is growing in popularity, its use in facility management by the owner is still lagging. This research examines how construction processes can be better organized to supply the owner a BIM that would be useful for facility management activities. The research was conducted to identify successful post-construction BIM implementation practices and the ways in which contractors supported these processes. The research found trends among BIM execution practices of advanced contractors and owners. A common obstacle to contractors' ability to provide owners with useful models was uncovered, leading to the creation of a proposed process for creating a model that meets the needs of facility management activities. The research utilized case studies to identify the BIM creation processes used by advanced BIM users. In-depth interviews focused on the processes used by the BIM professional to create owner-inspired models suitable for facility management purposes. The interviews verify that construction firms are faced with challenges when attempting to meet the needs of facility owners. This thesis presents the obstacles that industry professionals are facing in meeting client needs in respect to BIM for use during facility management. This thesis also discusses processes that firms are using to turn over models to owners and outlines a purposed process for the creation of owner-inspired models by contractors.

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