Major project team learning: examining building information modelling

Edward Simpson, Daniel J. Gilmour, David J. Blackwood, Ruth E. Falconer, John P. Isaacs

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The speed of technological advancement of software development drives the need for individual and team learning to exploit these developments for competitive advantage. Using a major long term redevelopment as a case study a review of learning processes and project team learning in the context of a voluntary approach to adopting of BIM prior to 2016 is examined. The speed of adoption of BIM across a large redevelopment project covering several years is variable and the differences of preparedness between team members from different organisations raises the question of how effective the project team can be in sharing learning and increasing the speed of adoption of BIM. The benefits of understanding the project environment as a formal learning context are recognised where teams are working in partnering arrangements but the focus is usually on post project review of what went wrong with little time to critically evaluate other variables. Knowledge Management has the potential to help understand and then facilitate greater participation amongst stakeholders in project team learning. The research team undertook decision mapping and knowledge elicitation techniques and applied these to the Dundee Waterfront to identify key factors relevant to successful project management, enabling the Waterfront Project Team to understand current practice. The effectiveness of project team learning in relation to BIM within this long-term major redevelopment is influenced by positive motivational drivers for individuals to learn how to use and apply BIM, the level of organisational support for learning and professional development and the project information and communication systems. In practice the current approach to sharing of knowledge within the project team indicates a fragmented approach in relation to the adoption and application of BIM to managing construction projects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings 31st Annual ARCOM Conference, September 7-9, Lincoln, UK
Place of PublicationNottingham
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780955239090
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2015
Event31st Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM) conference - Nottingham Trent University, Lincoln, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 Sep 20159 Sep 2015
Conference number: 31st


Conference31st Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM) conference
CountryUnited Kingdom

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    Simpson, E., Gilmour, D. J., Blackwood, D. J., Falconer, R. E., & Isaacs, J. P. (2015). Major project team learning: examining building information modelling. In Proceedings 31st Annual ARCOM Conference, September 7-9, Lincoln, UK (Vol. 1, pp. 681-690). ARCOM.