The use of BIM in the tendering process
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
The information management in the construction industry is facing a revolution in implementing new ways of digitalization. Building information modelling, BIM, provides new tools for more effective workflows in handling information. The tendering process as a part of the whole construction process should not be an exception of the implementation.
The purpose of this thesis is to investigate the possibility to optimize the tendering process by working with BIM. To be able to find answers to the research question: "
How can BIM help optimize the tendering process?" literature has been studied, interviews have been made and a case study has been performed. The case study is looking at the new hospital in Södertälje where a BIM model was included in the enquiry documents.
The findings of the research show that BIM in the tendering process is worth the resources spent. Through the visualisation effect provided by BIM, risks of misunderstanding between the actors are reduced. Visualisation is also beneficial for making time schedules as well as finding possible problem areas during the production. By using BIM fast quantity takeoffs can be made which lead to a faster understanding of the project. This facilitates the distribution of resources and makes sure that all critical areas are covered. The most optimal use of BIM in the tendering process is when a model is included in the enquiry documents since then a minimal amount of resources are spent. This is not normal procedure yet because the clients are afraid of the possibility to send inadequate information that would contribute to unacceptable risks. The client often do not understand the legal regulations when including a model. A further conclusion is that even if a model is not included it is worth for the contractor to spend resources on building one.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-147319OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-147319DiVA: diva2:729278