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Paper w78-2008-1-01:
CASE STUDIES: EVALUATING BUILDING INFORMATION MODELING IMPACT ON UNITED STATES ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS CONSTRUCTION

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Patrick C. Suermann & Raja R.A. Issa

CASE STUDIES: EVALUATING BUILDING INFORMATION MODELING IMPACT ON UNITED STATES ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS CONSTRUCTION

Abstract: Highlighted as test bed Districts for BIM implementation in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Building Information Modeling (BIM) Road Map, Seattle and Louisville accomplished in-house BIM designs in 2005, three years before any other of the 43 Districts across the United States transitioned to a BIM-centered approach in 2008. However, while perceived benefits of BIM used on these test bed jobs are driving Corps-wide changes on billions of dollars of construction, these BIM-based projects were never critically evaluated for their benefits in the construction phase, creating a need for further investigation. Therefore, this research addressed the need and assessed BIM impact on construction projects according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) internal metrics, the Consolidated Command Guidance (CCGs) metrics for military construction. Information garnered in the survey phase prior to onsite research at the Districts was used to guide research methodology assessing BIM effects on construction projects in the USACE Seattle and Louisville Districts. This research documented both quantitative and qualitative evidence demonstrated in BIM-based projects in Seattle and Louisville compared to similar projects (by facility use category code) to determine a correlation between BIM-based design and construction.

Keywords: Building Information Modeling (BIM), Key Performance Indicator (KPI), United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), construction, metrics

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