Virtual interactive relationship between BIM project teams: effective communication methods to aid collaboration in design process

Hayes, Emma and Saleeb, Noha ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8509-1508 (2016) Virtual interactive relationship between BIM project teams: effective communication methods to aid collaboration in design process. Galiano Garrigós, Antonio and Kouider, Tahar, eds. Healthy Buildings: Innovation, Design & Technology, ICAT 2016: Conference Proceedings of the 6th International Congress of Architectural Technology, University of Alicante 12-14 May 2016. In: 6th International Congress on Architectural Technology (ICAT 2016), 12-14 May 2016, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain. ISBN 9788416724109. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract

Building Information Modelling (BIM) provides a shared source of information about a built asset, which creates a collaborative virtual environment for project teams. Literature suggests that to collaborate efficiently, the relationship between the project team is based on sympathy, obligation, trust and rapport. Communication increases in importance when working collaboratively but effective communication can only be achieved when the stakeholders are willing to act, react, listen and share information. Case study research and interviews with Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry experts suggest that synchronous face-to-face communication is project teams’ preferred method, allowing teams to socialise and build rapport, accelerating creation of trust between the stakeholders. However, virtual unified communication platforms are a close second-preferred option for communication between the teams. Effective methods for virtual communication in professional practice, e.g. collaborative virtual environments (CVE), that build trust and achieve similar spontaneous responses as face-to-face communication, are necessary to face the global challenges and can be achieved with the right people, processes and technology. This research paper investigates current industry methods for virtual communication within Building Information Modelling projects and explores the suitability of avatar interaction in a collaborative virtual environment as an alternative to face-to-face communication to enhance collaboration between design teams’ professional practice on a project. Hence this paper presents comparisons between effectiveness of these communication methods within construction design teams with results of further experiments conducted to test recommendations for more efficient methods for virtual communication to add value in the workplace between design teams.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Design Engineering and Mathematics
Item ID: 27978
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Depositing User: Noha Saleeb
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2019 15:42
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2019 16:08
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/27978

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