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Challenges of offsite construction and BIM implementation: providing a framework for integration in New Zealand

Nazanin Kordestani Ghalenoei (School of Built Environment, College of Sciences, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand)
Mostafa Babaeian Jelodar (School of Built Environment, College of Sciences, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand)
Daniel Paes (School of Built Environment, College of Sciences, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand)
Monty Sutrisna (School of Built Environment, College of Sciences, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand)

Smart and Sustainable Built Environment

ISSN: 2046-6099

Article publication date: 29 November 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The development of prefabrication into full-scale offsite manufacturing processes in the construction industry is paradigm-shifting. Moreover, Building Information Modelling (BIM) is becoming the primary mode of communication and integration in construction projects to facilitate the flow of information. Although research has been performed on BIM and Offsite Construction (OSC), integrating these two concepts remains ambiguous and complex and lacks documentation and structure, especially in New Zealand. Therefore, this paper develops a robust framework for OSC and BIM integration. The study focusses on identifying integration challenges and proposes strategies for overcoming these challenges.

Design/methodology/approach

This study applied scientometric analysis, a systematic literature review (SLR) and semi-structured expert interviews to investigate OSC and BIM integration challenges. Multiple themes were investigated and triangulation conducted in this research supports the creation of applicable knowledge in this field.

Findings

Multiple gaps, research trends and the pioneer countries in the paper's scope have been identified through scientometric analysis. Then, a classified cluster of challenges for OSC and BIM implementation and integration strategies of OSC and BIM were demonstrated from the findings. The interviews provided comprehensive and complementary data sets and analyses. The findings from the Systematic Literature Review and interview structured the integration framework.

Originality/value

The contribution of this paper to existing knowledge is a developed framework that serves as a guideline for the OSC stakeholders. This framework can assess OSC's alignment with BIM and consolidate strategies for incorporating OSC into a BIM-based project delivery process. The framework consists of 23 strategies categorised into 8 clusters: a policy document, training and professional development, documentation, technology management, governmental development, contract development, accurate definition and detailing and communication. The proposed strategies will streamline integration by reducing potential challenges, thus enhancing project productivity.

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Citation

Kordestani Ghalenoei, N., Babaeian Jelodar, M., Paes, D. and Sutrisna, M. (2022), "Challenges of offsite construction and BIM implementation: providing a framework for integration in New Zealand", Smart and Sustainable Built Environment, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/SASBE-07-2022-0139

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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