How do digitalization through Building Information Modelling (BIM) change the organization of the construction process?

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Within the construction industry, companies are starting to work with integrated digital models, BIM. This research project will study how the work with BIM is organized and what impact the digital tool has on how energy issues are handled.

Within the construction industry, more and more companies are starting to work with integrated digital models, so called Building Information Modeling (BIM). These models can make energy calculations of the building's energy use more efficient and help in keeping them updated throughout the project planning. This research project will study how the work with BIM is organized and what impact the digital tool has on how energy issues are handled. Through workshops, interviews and a case study, the project will investigate the existing problems in the use of BIM from an organizational and sociotechnical perspective.

The study will show potential knowledge gaps in the management of energy via BIM and provide recommendations to project managers, consultants and other involved actors for how the work on energy calculations in BIM is best organized. Based on workshops together with consultants from a consultancy firm (SWEC O Systems AB), new forms of collaborations will be tested in a case study. The research will show how digitalization affect the sustainable spatial planning through the case of BIM.

The project is funded by Formas. Researches: Maria Eidenskog and Réka Andersson (IEI).
Project duration: 2019 – 2022.

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