Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Academic Leads Construction Technology Research Project; RESEARCH

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Academic Leads Construction Technology Research Project; RESEARCH

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Byline: ROBERT GIBSON robert.gibson@ncjmedia.co.uk

APIONEERING international research collaboration involving a Teesside academic is set to use technology to help policy makers around the world achieve higher productivity in the construction industry.

Dr Mohamad Kassem from Teesside University's Technology Futures Institute has worked with Dr Bilal Succar from the Centre for Interdisciplinary Built Environment Research at the University of Newcastle in Australia to develop a number of models to aid with initiating or benchmarking national Building Information Modelling (BIM) initiatives.

One of these works through identifying eight key components that must be measured and compared to establish the BIM maturity of each country: objectives, stages and milestones; champions and drivers; regulatory framework; noteworthy publications; learning and education; measurements and benchmarks; standardised parts and deliverables; and technology infrastructure A second model helps policy makers identify sets of activities needed to encourage BIM adoption, while a third identifies the roles of different stakeholders in BIM diffusion.

A fourth model establishes the metrics to assess the extent of BIM diffusion within organisations and across markets.

BIM is the overarching term for a set of technologies and processes that provide rich digital representations of facilities, spaces and functions.

The research from Dr Kassem and Dr Succar has taken three years, and, being the first of its kind, the findings have been published in a number of peer-reviewed articles. …

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