An exploration of BIM and lean interaction in optimizing demolition projects

Ahmed Elmaraghy, Hans Voordijk, Mohamed Marzouk

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    Construction and demolition wastes have an adverse environmental impact. The demolition wastes are resulted from the linear economic behaviour that the Construction industry is currently adopting. IT-enabled processes like BIM have been used to eliminate wastes in Construction Projects. The alignment of these processes with Lean Construction principles was seen to reap high benefits. This research investigates the possibility of extending BIM functionalities to support deconstruction processes in alignment with Lean Principles. Based on the existing interaction matrix between BIM functionalities and Lean Principles and its subsequent extensions, the synergies between BIM and Lean are explored from a deconstruction perspective. The evidence of using BIM capabilities in deconstruction projects is mainly interpreted from research in addition to the current initiatives in the demolition and renovation projects in The Netherlands. The main aim is to integrate discrete efforts in industry and academia towards leveraging the recovery rate of salvaged elements. The evidence is then validated against Lean principles and the results reveal a major conformity between BIM and Lean. This exploratory research may contribute to the adoption of a structured framework in deconstruction projects that exploits BIM and Lean capabilities towards achieving a circular economy.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationIGLC 2018
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 26th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
    EditorsVicente A. Gonzalez
    PublisherInternational Group for Lean Construction
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Electronic)9789380689296
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
    Event26th annual conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, IGLC 2018: Evolving Lean Construction Towards Mature Production Management Across Cultures and Frontiers - Chennai, India
    Duration: 16 Jul 201822 Jul 2018
    Conference number: 26


    Conference26th annual conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, IGLC 2018
    Abbreviated titleIGLC
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    • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
    • Deconstruction
    • Lean construction
    • Pull
    • Waste.


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