IJIMT 2017 Vol.8(1): 64-70 ISSN: 2010-0248
doi: 10.18178/ijimt.2017.8.1.704

A Preliminary Approach towards Integrating Knowledge Management with Building Information Modeling (KBIM) for the Construction Industry

Vinita P Bhatija, Nithin Thomas, and Nashwan Dawood
Abstract— Construction industry is becoming highly volatile and competitive due to increasing progression in information and communication technologies. These are often considered to be company’s superior assets in providing profitability and competitive edge in the market. However, the most valuable resource is "knowledge", which is a refined form of information. The conservative, fragmented and adversarial conventional aspects of the industry are seen in the negative light for making implementation of these technologies difficult in the beginning due to various factors discussed in this paper. This paper presents a literature review of, standalone approaches, Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Knowledge Management (KM) to understand its role in increasing project efficiency in terms of time, cost and quality. Finding of a questionnaire survey conducted suggests that only 70% of the focus group were aware of KM approach in the construction Industry. However, a positive trend towards knowledge sharing is perceived as over 90% of the respondents felt that there is a need for sharing of knowledge among project participants. The paper concludes with a theoretical model over lay of KM & BIM features over RIBA plan of works to demonstrate potential contribution of the two approaches via integration. The paper also provides recommendations for future research direction by integrating to shift the paradigm from information exchange to knowledge sharing, in other words, knowledge based BIM – Building Knowledge Management (KBIM).

Index Terms— BIM, KBIM, KM, Integration.

Vinita P. Bhatija is with Dutco Balfour Beatty, Heriot Watt University, Dubai, UAE (e-mail: vinita.bhatija@dbb.ae).
Nithin Thomas is with Habtoor Leighton Group, Heriot Watt University, Dubai, UAE (e-mail: nithin.thomas@hlgroup.com).
Nashwan Dawood is with the Technology Futures Institute, Teesside University, UK (e-mail: N.N.Dawood@tees.ac.uk).br />

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Cite: Vinita P Bhatija, Nithin Thomas, and Nashwan Dawood, " A Preliminary Approach towards Integrating Knowledge Management with Building Information Modeling (KBIM) for the Construction Industry," International Journal of Innovation, Management and Technology vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 64-70, 2017.

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