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 New York LLC
    Pages159-172
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Print)9783319331102
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
    Event12th IFIP WG 5.1 International Conference on Product Lifecycle Management in the Era of Internet of Things - 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
    Abbreviated titlePLM 2015
    CountryQatar
    CityDoha
    Period19/10/1521/10/15

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    Hafeez, M. A., Chahrour, R., Vukovic, V., Dawood, N., & Kassem, M. (2016). Investigating the potential of delivering employer information requirements in BIM enabled construction projects in Qatar. In A. Bouras, S. Foufou, K-D. Thoben, & B. Eynard (Eds.), Product Lifecycle Management in the Era of Internet of Things - 12th IFIP WG 5.1 International Conference, PLM 2015, Revised Selected Papers (pp. 159-172). (IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology; Vol. 467). Springer New York LLC. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-33111-9_15