Implementing lean in construction: lean construction and BIM

Bhargav Dave, Prof. Lauri Koskela, Prof. Arto Kiviniemi, Dr. Patricia Tzortzopoulos of the University of Salford, Robert Owen of the Queensland University of Technology

Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Lean construction have existed as two different initiatives to improve construction, with distinct communities and interests. In the last 10 years or so, both have started to diffuse into advanced practice, with accelerating speed. However, recently the insight has gained strength, first among pioneering practitioners and then among academics, that these two initiatives have a considerable mutual synergy and that it is highly advantageous to implement them jointly. In view of this, there are increasing needs to make BIM champions and users aware of Lean principles, methods and tools, as well as Lean champions and implementers aware of the functionalities of BIM. This guide is intended to provide a means to fulfil these needs.

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