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Alhasan, S, Amoudi, O, Tong, M and Kumar, B (2019) Effectiveness of Adopting BIM on Quantity Surveying Profession During the Project Life Cycle. In: Gorse, C and Neilson, C J (Eds.), Proceedings 35th Annual ARCOM Conference, 2-4 September 2019, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 273-282.

  • Type: Conference Proceedings
  • Keywords: 5D BIM, Effectiveness, Industry Foundation Class (IFC), Project life cycle, Quantity surveyors
  • URL: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/9922e5f879a0c625bb22a3e5ac3b1e1d.pdf
  • Abstract:

    Despite significant role of the construction industry in nation’s wealth and development, it usually suffers from a poor performance in terms of time and cost overruns due to its complex nature, a large number of involved parties, a wide range of professions, etc.  Quantity surveyors (QSs) are one of the key professions with many essential tasks over a project life cycle. BIM has been adopted by various professions in the construction industry to enhance project performance and tackle many problems within it.  This paper aims to evaluate the effectiveness of adopting BIM on QS profession and its performance. The literature was intensively reviewed to determine the main responsibilities of QS over the project life cycle when they work for the main project parties (i.e. client, consultant, and contractor).  A set of criteria were extracted and defined based on the main responsibilities of QS profession.  Examples of these are the accuracy of quantification and cost estimation, quality of documentation and speed of the data processing. Many scenarios were produced, after modeling a multi-story building project utilizing Revit Architecture Software, to reflect various tasks of QSs and how BIM can be incorporated in these tasks.  The model facilitates the generation of different outcomes of the tested scenarios. The initial results reveal that adopting BIM improves the accuracy and reliability of QSs outputs at an early stage of the project, and enhances the documentation of project performance over the project life cycle.  Also, the results demonstrate that project parties get benefits, from BIM adoption by their QSs, in terms of more reliable budgeting, less errors in quantities measurement, better documentation, etc.  More scenarios test will be carried out on the model.