Effects of Implementing Virtual Design and Construction to a Project Organisation A multiple case study in the construction sector

Examensarbete för masterexamen

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Type: Examensarbete för masterexamen
Master Thesis
Title: Effects of Implementing Virtual Design and Construction to a Project Organisation A multiple case study in the construction sector
Authors: Högberg, Sara
SPARGREN, VIKTOR
Abstract: The AEC industry is due to its complexity and their multi-dimensional team depending on collaboration and frequent communication between all parties involved. Still, it is here some of the major shortages can be found. Therefore, Virtual Design and Construction has been introduced, which are described as a working method for the design process, developed in order to overbridge the lack of collaboration and existing gap of information in the industry. This master thesis aims to investigate how an implementation of VDC would affect the project organisation within a Swedish construction company. Moreover, the benefits and shortcomings with an implementation of the VDC concept will be demonstrated as well as the key factors for a successful implementation. In order to answer the research questions a qualitative and abductive study has been conducted, including literature studies, observations and interviews. The literature review was focusing on examining the VDC concept as well as the different key factors used within the concept, such as BIM and ICE. The theory was thereafter put into the context of the construction industry by observations and interviews of projects where both a traditional design process as well as VDC has been used. The different design processes has been compared in order to evaluate how VDC are affecting the design phase of a project. The study shows that an implementation of the VDC concept would result in changes to the project organisation as well as the different roles within the company organisation. As a result of a changed meeting structure, an increased commitment and participation of the project team are highlighted. Furthermore, the risk of latency will decrease as the correspondence through mail between the different disciplines will decrease, as a result of an advocated collocation of the project team. In order for the implementation of the VDC concept to succeed, the importance of implementing the concept in smaller parts will be highlighted, as well as the benefits of demonstrating the similarities with the current processes within the company.
Keywords: Samhällsbyggnadsteknik;Civil Engineering
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Chalmers tekniska högskola / Institutionen för bygg- och miljöteknik
Chalmers University of Technology / Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Series/Report no.: Examensarbete - Institutionen för bygg- och miljöteknik, Chalmers tekniska högskola : BOMX02-17-38
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12380/251671
Collection:Examensarbeten för masterexamen // Master Theses



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