Date of Award

Summer 8-1-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Project Management

First Advisor

Stephen Onu

Abstract

Building Information Modeling has altered project managers’ role in architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry. In theory Building Information Modeling (BIM) has promised the project managers to enhance communication and collaboration aspect of managing their projects, thus increasing the efficiency and success rate of the AEC industry projects. However, in real world application, project managers had challenges and barriers with BIM implementation into their processes. This study intends to highlight the main characteristics of the BIM, its benefits, barriers and risk management capabilities to elaborate on why BIM adoption has been slower than anticipated. Based on quantitative data collection through surveys, this study then asserts BIM impact on production efficiency rate. Findings of this research paper show that project managers had been facing 2 main challenges when implementing BIM into their project management processes: 1. Lack of knowledge of the software 2. Lack of knowledge of project management role shifts that had to take place once BIM was implemented. The findings of the quantitative data analysis show that BIM increased the production efficiency rate where it was implemented. In conclusion, the research paper asserts on the main question identified in the problem statement on why project managers in AEC industry should implement BIM into their project management processes.

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