Fit for Purpose Building Information Modelling and Systems Integration (bimsi) for Better Construction Projects Management

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Building Information Models (BIM) should reflect all aspects and phases of the construction projects life cycle. However, in current contractor practices, a proliferation of different information systems has arisen, each of which in turn illuminates a different information model dimension (nD) for usually only one construction project management purpose. To solve this problem it seems obvious to build a unique overarching system based on a single prescribed data modelling structure. We argue that this attempt is unrealistic, will not serve industrial practitioners and has failed already several times. We propose to link BIM to the concept of Systems Integration (SI), to develop tailormade and integrative information systems for its intended multidimensional (nD) modelling and construction projects management purpose: i.e. a targeted BIMSI fit for nD purpose enhancing better construction projects management. In this paper this nD BIMSI concept is introduced and demonstrated by a number of grassroot projects, which have been developed and validated in close cooperation with the AEC industrial practice and construction management and (civil) engineering master student projects at TU Delft. An overview of these grass root development projects is provided. These projects show how the BIMSI concept improves construction project management in areas such as generative design, safety during construction, and AI applications for effective budgeting. The focus of these projects is not on extending or evaluating BIM knowledge and theory, but rather on transforming BIM concepts into integrative information systems to solve real life problems. Finally, a state of the art education concept developed at the TU Delft is presented to demonstrate its unique position in master education on information systems for the construction industry. This so-called Open Design Learning (ODL) education integrates the nD BIMSI concept to better prepare students for both industrial and R&D construction project management practices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174–187
Number of pages7
JournalThe Journal of Modern Project Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2022


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