Method for managing requirements in healthcare projects using building information modelling

Juliana Parise Baldauf, Carlos Torres Formoso, Patricia Tzortzopoulos

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Purpose: This paper proposes a method for managing client requirements with the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM). The development of healthcare projects demands a large amount of requirements information, in order to deal with a diversity of clients and frequents changes in healthcare services. The proposed method supports healthcare design by adopting a process-based approach for client requirements management, with the aim of improving value generation. Design/methodology/approach: Design Science Research was the methodological approach adopted in this investigation. The main outcome of this study emerged from an empirical study carried out in a healthcare project in Brazil. Findings: The proposed method involves three stages: (1) capturing and processing requirements; (2) product and requirements modelling, which involves the connection between requirements and the BIM 3-D model and (3) supporting design solution refinement, through the communication of requirements and the assessment of design in relation to updated client requirements information. Originality/value: This study explores client requirements management from a process perspective, proposing activities and their interdependences and possible sources of data, including healthcare services information. The main theoretical contributions are related to the understanding of the nature and complexity of the information involved in client requirements management, and how this can be modelled.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2090-2118
Number of pages29
JournalEngineering, Construction and Architectural Management
Issue number8
Early online date13 Aug 2021
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2021


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