A study of the implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM) to drive efficiency in construction specifically focusing on the UK oil and gas industry

Herd, Laura (2014) A study of the implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM) to drive efficiency in construction specifically focusing on the UK oil and gas industry. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    In 2012-13 the revenue generated from the UK oil industry was around £7bn making it an important contributor to the UK GDP. Research indicated that investment should be made into infrastructure to improve efficiency and suggested this would put the UK in a much stronger position to exploit the estimated 24 billion barrels of oil remaining.
    The UK construction industry has been known for its discontinuity problems. Lack of integration and waste have been suggested as major issues. This dissertation seeks to explore if these same issues are mirrored in the present oil Industry. A report entitled “Government Construction Strategy 2011” planned to reduce construction costs. To achieve this, a target was set to procure all public sector contracts using 3 Dimension Building Informational Modelling (3D BIM) as a minimum by 2016.
    Success where BIM has already been implemented has been shown in the construction industry. This dissertation explores the success of previous BIM implementation in the construction industry through an analysis of secondary data and suggests where BIM can achieve these successes in the Oil Industry, in the hope of recovering the remaining oil
    Primary data was collected by emailed questionnaires to construction professionals from both the construction and oil industries, followed up by an interview from each sector. The information concluded that the knowledge of BIM was lower than you would expect from Scotland, home of the UK oil industry.
    Notable conclusions were that there should be core promotion of BIM in Scotland to encourage collaboration. This can be applied to the construction sector within the oil industry as a way of increasing efficiency in complex projects. Universal adoption of BIM needs the support of senior managers, professional institutions and the Government in Scotland.
    The results suggested that the early contractor involvement in the construction industry, enables the project to produce a realistic feasibility design by providing knowledge of fabrication and construction capabilities, and advice on the designs. The industry’s concerns regarding early contractor involvement focuses on risk allocation and additional cost; however this can be managed under an adequate selection process based on previous business relationships, technical competences and expertise of contractors. There is no optimum timing to engage contractors in the process; this depends upon the type of project and specialisation required. Early engagement of contractors increases the complexity in terms of organisational and technical factor by differentiation and interdependency. However, contractors strengthen the project capabilities, to provide experts solutions and enhance a collaborative and trustful environment, in order to identify and address the project risks and dilute later complexity. The research also recognised communication issues due to different hierarchical levels and backgrounds knowledge in the process, therefore recommended 3D models and meeting between contractors and designers at the early stages of the process, as the mechanisms to develop an effective communication.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2015 15:04
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:47
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/16414

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