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Appraisal of The Use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the Construction Project Planning in Lagos State, Nigeria

Opoko, Pearl Akunnaya and Sholanke, Anthony Babatunde and Joel, O.O.O. and Caiafas, M.A. and Fakorede, O.A. and Oyeyemi, B.O. (2019) Appraisal of The Use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the Construction Project Planning in Lagos State, Nigeria. Digital Innovation and Contemporary Research in Science Engineering and Technology, 7 (2).

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Sustainability is a critical issue in global urbanisation which has a huge impact on the construction environment. The quest for sustainable processes is changing the way construction is been managed globally. The search for better effective tools in construction project management has brought about the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in construction project planning. The role of BIM is like that of the project manager, who coordinates the management of construction projects. This study investigated the level of the use of BIM as a construction project planning tool and the factors responsible for its use in Lagos State, Nigeria towards finding ways of enhancing effective and sustainable construction project planning techniques in Nigeria. The study also examined the processes of construction project management and how BIM fits into the process. The study adopted a pragmatic research technique that uses both qualitative and quantitative research approaches. Qualitative (secondary) data were extracted from literature and analysed by content analysis. While quantitative (primary) data were gathered with a structured questionnaire. The primary data were collected from 132 construction professionals in the study area. The data collected was to evaluate their level of awareness and use of BIM as a planning tool during the construction stage of projects. The result was presented using descriptive approach with the aid of charts and tables. The study outcome shows that the use of BIM has mostly been applied in design, drafting and visualization. It is rarely used as a planning tool and almost never used for construction management. The study also identified three main factors that influence the use of BIM in the study area. The factors are: the high cost of BIM software; the lack of cooperative use of BIM by all professionals involved in a construction project; and the low existing level of technological know-how in the construction industry which does not enable professionals to get the full value of BIM. The study recommends that investment and training in the construction industry in the study should be focused more on the implementation of cutting-edge technology in construction processes to better harness the technical and the long-term cost benefits of BIM

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Building Information Modelling (BIM), pr oject planning, sustainability, Lagos State Nigeria.
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2019 15:27
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2019 10:26

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