Engaging with BIM: Interactive workspaces in facility design and construction

Jennifer Lather, Robert Leicht, John Messner

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Abstract

With greater demand for high performance buildings and more specialized expertise within design and construction professionals, there is an increase in demand for new methods to support collaboration. One collaborative technology is building information modeling (BIM), to generate and share content across disciplines and organizations, supporting the conveyance of building design and construction information. BIM by itself is not enough to engage participants in collaborative practices. Interactive workspaces, technology, and media-enabled collocated spaces, can be used by project teams to leverage this digital content associated with a project design. These facilities can support large-scale visualization of models, multi-modal interaction, and aid collaboration of team members. This paper presents a survey of interactive workspaces currently used by architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry teams, and their relative use cases in the design and delivery process. Facilities were identified and documented via a content search in literature and publicly available resources. Twelve semi-structured interviews were conducted with interactive workspace owners/managers to understand the feature sets and use cases of these facilities in more detail. Current use cases, as well as the similarities and differences in feature sets for interactive workspaces used in the AEC industry, are documented. This research presents three categories of feature sets: physical features, application features, and interactive and immersive features. The results document the variety of interactive workspace use cases and provide a deeper understanding of their role in the AEC Industry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConstruction Research Congress 2018
Subtitle of host publicationConstruction Information Technology - Selected Papers from the Construction Research Congress 2018
EditorsChao Wang, Charles Berryman, Rebecca Harris, Christofer Harper, Yongcheol Lee
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages765-775
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780784481264
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
EventConstruction Research Congress 2018: Construction Information Technology, CRC 2018 - New Orleans, United States
Duration: Apr 2 2018Apr 4 2018

Publication series

NameConstruction Research Congress 2018: Construction Information Technology - Selected Papers from the Construction Research Congress 2018
Volume2018-April

Other

OtherConstruction Research Congress 2018: Construction Information Technology, CRC 2018
CountryUnited States
CityNew Orleans
Period4/2/184/4/18

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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    Lather, J., Leicht, R., & Messner, J. (2018). Engaging with BIM: Interactive workspaces in facility design and construction. In C. Wang, C. Berryman, R. Harris, C. Harper, & Y. Lee (Eds.), Construction Research Congress 2018: Construction Information Technology - Selected Papers from the Construction Research Congress 2018 (pp. 765-775). (Construction Research Congress 2018: Construction Information Technology - Selected Papers from the Construction Research Congress 2018; Vol. 2018-April). American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784481264.075