University of Nottingham Ningbo China
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Building Information Modeling (BIM) & Management Through-Life

08 May 2013 (12:30)

About the talk

Building Information Modeling (BIM) has implications for all processes and activities related to construction supply chain and can thus make significant contributions to lean construction. It can be argued that BIM as a design-centric technology, with emphasis on sharing and collaboration, can be the ultimate solution to multiple challenges on today’s construction sites by improving and coordinating construction supply chain. The existing dimensions of BIM not only attend to most aspects of the construction work and processes, the technology also has the potential to add further dimensions to respond to other existing or future challenges. Most stakeholders with different BIM definitions endorse the centrality of design and the use of BIM as currently appropriate design technology, but it also needs to be recognized that all these processes and applications can work efficiently and effectively in construction with regard to many other dimensions of work by reducing design errors and by better information management, thus controlling cost, delays, and damages.
The target audience will be designers, engineers and construction managers in the AEC sector who are looking for future solutions on bringing design intelligence into virtual construction. The key learning objectives of this presentation are:

  1. To have an overview on how different stakeholders in the UK define BIM
  2. To explore some BIM-related domestic and international issues and challenges based on research projects with leading UK design consultancy


Ir Dr Tang is currently the Head & Associate Professor for the Department of Architecture and Built Environment in the University of Nottingham Ningbo. He is also a Chartered Engineer (MHKIE) and Builder (MCIOB). The research team that he was leading in the UK is interested in cutting edge research and consultancy on decision risk and analysis for project evaluation and system assessment, the use of through-life information and knowledge management, business continuity management and the development of its security and recovery strategies over the last 10 years in both construction and aerospace sectors. He has involved in £13m research funding from EPSRC and industry of which £0.5m he was the Principal Investigator. He is also an author, regional editor, editorial board member and reviewer for many internationally renowned peer-reviewed journals with 60+ journal and conference publications. He is also Peer Review College Member for The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Academy of Finland, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research. Since 2009, he is invited to be a task group member on behalf of high education institutions on BIM for Constructing Excellence in the UK conveying government policy and industry priority to integrate and amplify digital technologies through the design process. He was nominated as the Deputy Chairman for the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (UK Chapter) since 2010 that aims to promote engineering, surveying and built environment profession nationally and internationally.