Building Information Modeling and Lean Construction

Lauri Koskela, Saeed Talebi, Algan Tezel, Patricia Tzortzopoulos

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The recognition of the connection between building information modeling (BIM) and Lean Construction is relatively recent. This chapter provides an overview and analysis on the connection between BIM and Lean. It discusses the contributions of BIM to Lean, respectively, in design, construction and facilities maintenance. Immersive technologies such as virtual reality/mixed reality are more frequently used with BIM in client and stakeholder engagement for the communication of design intent, requirement capture as well as coordination and verification through advanced visualization. The use of BIM for Lean Construction efforts has been widening in the construction phase of the project lifecycle. One of the prominent Lean techniques where the interaction with BIM is apparent is the Last Planner System for construction planning and control. The visualization capacity of BIM offers new avenues for maintaining the information flow and creating transparency in construction processes across different disciplines and organizational levels.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBuilding Information Modeling
Subtitle of host publicationShared Modeling, Mutual Data, the New Art of Building
EditorsRégine Teulier, Marie Bagieu
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9781394264933, 9781394264926
ISBN (Print)9781789451108
Publication statusPublished - 29 Dec 2023

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