Building information modeling and its impact on users in the lifeworld: A mediation perspective

Johannes T. Voordijk (Corresponding Author)

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    Building information modeling (BIM) is expected to have a large impact on users in the lifeworlds in a construction supply chain. The impact of BIM on users in their lifeworlds is explored using the concepts of Heidegger, Habermas, and Ihde from the perspective of technical mediation. This impact is explored by a case study. BIM mediates and shapes the relationship between users and their lifeworlds and can be characterized as either a hermeneutic or an alterity relationship. BIM conflicts with existing work practices in a ready-to-hand work
    environment. For users that cannot work with BIM, the work environment remains present-at-hand. The many heterogeneous BIM applications and systems used by the various parties involved result in interoperability problems that are a major barrier to enframing the supply chain by BIM. Although invitation and inhibition of certain actions by BIM may stimulate the rationalization of the lifeworlds, the lack of intrinsic motivation and mutual background knowledge inhibits an alignment of BIM and working practices.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)193-206
    Number of pages14
    JournalFrontiers of Engineering Management
    Issue number2
    Early online date2 Mar 2019
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019


    • building information modeling, mediation, enframing, lifeworld, rationalization, Heidegger, Habermas, Ihde


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