Investigating the potential of delivering employer information requirements in BIM enabled construction projects in Qatar

Mian Atif Hafeez*, Racha Chahrour, Vladimir Vukovic, Nashwan Dawood, Mohamad Kassem

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Abstract

Employer’s Information Requirements (EIR) is a key document for the successful delivery of construction projects using Building Information Modeling (BIM). EIR sets out the information to be delivered and the standards and processes to be adopted by the suppliers as part of their project delivery approach. The concept of EIR has been developed by the UK BIM Task Group as a holistic framework for the UK construction industry to deliver the UK construction client requirements in projects using BIM. It includes a set of requirements and guidelines in three macro areas namely, technical, management and commercial. EIR, which are specific to the construction industry in Qatar, do not exist yet despite BIM is increasingly adopted across the Qatari construction industry. However, construction projects using BIM in Qatar adopts various aspects in technical, management and commercial areas. In this paper, we analyze the current BIM practice in Qatar and compare the findings against the items of the three EIR’s areas. The overarching aim is to assess the potential of delivering EIR in BIM based construction projects in Qatar. To accomplish this aim, major construction industry players (clients, consultants, contractors), representing a significant part of Qatar construction industry, were interviewed about the three EIR’s areas and their items. The results showed discrepancies in addressing EIR and varied levels of readiness in delivering the different EIR’s areas and items. The paper has proposed general guidelines for delivering EIR in Qatar which are informed by the survey and current international EIR standards.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProduct Lifecycle Management in the Era of Internet of Things - 12th IFIP WG 5.1 International Conference, PLM 2015, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsAbdelaziz Bouras, Sebti Foufou, Klaus-Dieter Thoben, Benoit Eynard
PublisherSpringer
Pages159-172
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9783319331102
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event12th IFIP WG 5.1 International Conference on Product Lifecycle Management in the Era of Internet of Things, PLM 2015 - Doha, Qatar
Duration: 19 Oct 201521 Oct 2015

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Volume467
ISSN (Print)1868-4238

Conference

Conference12th IFIP WG 5.1 International Conference on Product Lifecycle Management in the Era of Internet of Things, PLM 2015
CountryQatar
CityDoha
Period19/10/1521/10/15

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