Understanding BIM in the UK Construction Industry using an Activity Theory (AT) Approach

Ganah, A orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-9911-8505 and John, GA orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-5016-5909 (2016) Understanding BIM in the UK Construction Industry using an Activity Theory (AT) Approach. In: Proc. of the 33rd CIB W78 Conference 2016, Oct. 31st – Nov. 2nd 2016, Brisbane, Australia.

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Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a collaborative way of working, underpinned by virtual digital technologies which unlock more efficient methods of designing, developing and maintaining infrastructure assets in the built environment. For the impact of BIM to be readily appreciated and felt among practitioners within the construction industry and beyond, there needs to be a sound research theoretical underpinning approach that will embrace the physical, environmental, social and digital nature of BIM. One such approach that will bring clarity and support a deeper understanding of the impact of BIM is activity theory (AT). This paper seeks to position BIM activities that are happening within the construction industry by better understanding the different interactions between practitioner and stakeholder as they use the virtual BIM environment to create, design, develop and maintain the physical built environment.

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