BIM Level 2, as defined by the UK government, sets out processes and standards that formalise and regulate the collaborative methods for producing, sharing and exchanging information during different stages of any construction project. For overseas organisations that are looking to invest in the UK construction market, they will most certainly need to consider developing their understanding and ability related to BIM in order to enable developing their capability and competency to compete. This paper presents a case study that focuses on the implementation of collaborative based BIM workflow at a large Chinese engineering and construction organisation, which has recently established operations in the UK. The BIM implementation has been achieved under a Knowledge Exchange Partnership framework between the organisation and an academic institution in the UK. The main aim for this partnership project was to transform the organisation’s traditional workflow to achieve a BIM based collaborative workflow, and to comply with BIM Level 2 requirements. The case study has been achieved by adopting an action research methodology, whereby the project affiliate was an active part of the implementation project and was managing and coordinating the partnership project between the organisation and academic partner. Results to date from the project will be documented in this paper. This includes highlighting key challenges, adopted strategies and tactics to overcome the obstacles, pockets of improvements and potential areas for future development.
building information modelling, collaboration, communication, process, information exchange, innovation
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