An exploration of synergies between lean concepts and BIM in FM: A review and directions for future research

Saratu Terreno, Somayeh Asadi, Chimay Anumba

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Though Building Information Modeling (BIM) has been proposed as a lean solution for the construction industry, its implementation would itself benefit from a proactive lean approach. This paper aims to study the implementation of BIM in Facilities Management (FM), and explores the synergistic potential of a lean approach. This was carried out through an integrative review of existing literature. BIM-FM implementation was categorized into three phases, which were analyzed to uncover the challenges and barriers faced in each; and explore the potential of a proactive lean approach to counter them. A number of key findings emerged. The existence of inefficiencies and variability in information management leading to an increase in labor hours was identified as a persistent problem in BIM-FM implementation. This had been derived by systematically mapping the challenges to their resultant effects on business processes based on the seven identified wastes in business. The paper provides both academics and practitioners with a collated list of issues based on a new way of examining BIM in FM implementation. It discusses the need for and synergistic potential of lean concepts to reduce information and time waste.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number147
JournalBuildings
Volume9
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction

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An exploration of synergies between lean concepts and BIM in FM : A review and directions for future research. / Terreno, Saratu; Asadi, Somayeh; Anumba, Chimay.

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