PITA Fiscal Year 2008 Projects - Innovative Infrastructure System
   Assessment Technology

Assessment of Leveraging of Building Information Models for Construction Progress Monitoring and Control on a Real-world Case

Principal Investigators: Burcu Akinci, James H. Garrett

Over the recent years, there has been a tremendous increase in interest in both PA-based companies and elsewhere in utilizing BIM during design and construction. While potential benefits of utilization of such models and technologies during the design phase are much talked about, there are not many research activities that investigate in depth the technological feasibilities and process implications of using BIM during construction. The goal of the proposed research is to investigate how BIMs coupled with data capture technologies, such as laser scanners, can potentially streamline construction processes and project management activities. This investigation will be performed by analyzing in detail the usage of such a model in a real-life large-scale complex building construction project: the construction of Gates Center for Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. PJ Dick Incorporated, a Pennsylvania-based company, which is the contractor for the Gates project and also the partner in this proposed research, is committed to the development and utilization of BIMs during construction and is providing the research team the model and access to the job site to perform other data acquisition, such as geometric data acquisition using laser scanners, on their job site. This creates a very rare and unique opportunity for the research team to (a) study the adoption and utilization of a BIM-based approach to construction project management; (b) study possible changes and updates required to the current Gates BIM that is developed based on 100% complete design documents; (c) identify and classify patterns of such changes and evaluate current approaches in supporting the updates to be observed; (d) evaluate detailed 4D models in their support for project control at a job site; and (e) investigate approaches to use laser scanners, coupled with BIM for progress monitoring. Such a study is expected to not only be a flagship project in providing detailed analyses of adoption of BIM that many PA-based companies can refer to, but also provide the basis of a roadmap for research on utilization of BIM for project control and development of approaches for streamlining updates of BIMs throughout the life-cycle of projects.