Singh, Nishith (2017-08). Communication Network Analysis to Compare BIM and Non-BIM Approaches in the AEC Industry. Master's Thesis.
Building Information Modelling (BIM) has been established as standard in the Architecture Engineering & Construction (AEC) industry. The ubiquity of the platform has significantly changed the way AEC industry works. BIM is finding its utility in almost every aspect of the AEC industry. Thus, with such significant level of adoption, the industry is undergoing a significant change adoption process. The introduction of a new Information Technology (IT) platform that has significantly changed the workflow has significant far-reaching impacts. This research aims to study the impact of usage of BIM in the AEC industry on the communication network. The network created based on real-world information is used to perform Social Network Analysis (SNA). The research presents a process to extract real-world information and classify the collected data through text clustering to create project wise networks. Analyzed in this manner, BIM and Non-BIM projects are compared based on network properties to identify the impact of usage of BIM on communication networks. The research found that there is a difference in network properties for BIM and non-BIM projects based on collected real-world data. The properties indicate that the communication network for BIM projects are relatively better in comparison to non-BIM projects. The research identifies the utility of such real-time social network analysis in project management at an executive level.