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How Can BIM be Integrated into new Approaches such as IPD and Lean Construction?

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Meeting deadlines and sticking to timetables are important, complex objectives at the forefront of every construction project manager’s mind. Meanwhile, work tools and methods are being continuously refined to meet a wide range of challenges on the ground, from planning to delivery.

IPD and Lean Construction are two modern project management approaches that have a lot to offer for making more informed decisions, centralizing information, sticking to a clear plan on construction sites, avoiding mistakes and reducing material waste. Here is an overview of each approach: 

  • IPD, or integrated project delivery, lays the groundwork for a coordinated group effort by bringing together key stakeholders at the very outset of a project (the design phase). The approach generates cost savings, streamlines coordination efforts and combines team skillsets to achieve highly integrated building systems.
  • Lean Construction requires stakeholders to commit to their mandate delivery dates so that each participant can get a more comprehensive view of project issues. Huge gains are made when all stakeholders are given the means to understand how their work impacts different construction phases.

IPD and Lean Construction can be even more effective when implemented as part of the same project.   The main idea is to develop a shared understanding of a project’s objectives among all stakeholders so they can collaborate on effective solutions to different issues that may arise along the way.

The Role of BIM

The two methods outlined above are perfectly suited to the underlying principles of BIM:

  • Handle issues in a comprehensive manner
  • Avoid working in silos
  • Foster a shared understanding of objectives
  • Identify problems as soon as possible

Having become the tool of choice to complement IPD and Lean Construction approaches, BIM also provides the framework needed to build effective partnerships. Centralized information management facilitates shared knowledge, which is highly beneficial to any project. 

With BIM, project stakeholders can detect discrepancies that don’t show up on 2D drawings and eliminate potentially costly mistakes before production. They can also identify and solve project issues at the virtual design phase of a project using 3D modelling.

An Evolving Market

BIM is slowly gaining ground, but adopting the approach can be a challenge, since traditional construction contract models offer fewer opportunities for professionals and contractors to actively work together. In this regard, the turnkey project model is much better suited to IPD, Lean Construction and BIM.

Consortech recommends the BIM approach for its many benefits.

Contact us to find out how we can help your project succeed!

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