Barriers and Strategies to Streamline an Efficient BIM Workflow within the New Zealand Construction Industry

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    Chan, Nelson
    Chicca, Fabricio
    2017 Conference Papers
    Conference Papers
    Modes of Production


This paper will be demonstrating a research framework on the need to boost the productivity
and efficiency of design‐to‐manufacture within the New Zealand construction industry. We outline and
address how the implementation of BIM can be an effective approach to streamline the flow of
information through design‐to‐manufacture for the construction sector. However, there are also many
issues which surround the application of BIM that also affects its value. Many users within the design‐tomanufacture
supply chain mostly are unable to utilise BIM to its full capabilities. The research aims to
propose an effective strategy for which information of a BIM project can transition seamlessly throughout
a design‐to‐fabrication workflow. This improvement is to reduce conflict, minimise data loss and allow for
a smoother transition and handling throughout the design and construction process. The research is to be
delivered through six key stages. Currently, this research is in the initial stages of stage 2. Therefore this
paper will address the outcome of stage 1. The stages are as follows: (1) Recognise and identify barriers;
(2) Data collection; (3) Result analysis; (4) Formulate recommendations; (5) Pilot implementation; and (6)
Project review. While this research project is currently ongoing, this paper intends to provide awareness
for those involved in the New Zealand construction industry.


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