An investigation into the benefits of incorporating Building Information Modelling into the UK’s existing building stock

Hawkins, Nathan (2016) An investigation into the benefits of incorporating Building Information Modelling into the UK’s existing building stock. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    With Building Information Modelling (BIM) becoming increasingly popular throughout the construction industry and being utilised within an increasing number of new build projects, existing buildings are yet to really benefit from BIMs application, even though it is estimated that 75% of the existing building stock in 2050 already exists today. The purpose of this study was to investigate how existing buildings can benefit from the implementation of BIM, outlining the various methods that are available to aid the incorporation of the two. The methodology approach used in this report consisted of both, primary and secondary data. The primary data involved a questionnaire which was completed by 19 participants from a construction related discipline, with the main intention to establish the importance that existing buildings play for the construction industry, and to also identify the barriers impeding their incorporation. The secondary data was obtained through an in depth literature review, exploring the benefits BIM has on the industry and examining the various methods available to aid its incorporation within the existing building stock. The findings established that the importance of the existing building stock is not widely understood, including the achievable benefits pending its incorporation with BIM. It was understood that modern methods such as 3D laser scanning were the most effective methods available to aid BIMs incorporation into existing buildings, although this method was subject to high cost implications. Knowledge of this research would be beneficial in order to increase the number of existing buildings benefiting from BIM processes and technologies.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2016 12:29
    Last Modified: 05 Sep 2016 12:29

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