The Virtual Interactive Relationship Between BIM Project Teams: Effective Communication to aid Collaboration in the Design Process

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Title: The Virtual Interactive Relationship Between BIM Project Teams: Effective Communication to aid Collaboration in the Design Process
Authors: Hayes, Emma | Saleeb, Noha
Keywords: Building information modelling | Collaborative virtual environments | Virtual & augmented reality | Professional practice
Knowledge Area: Construcciones Arquitectónicas
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Universidad de Alicante
Citation: Galiano Garrigós, Antonio; 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. San Vicente del Raspeig: Universidad de Alicante, 2016. ISBN 978-84-16724-10-9, pp. 35-51
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 the 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, such as virtual collaboration 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 BIM 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 the 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.
ISBN: 978-84-16724-10-9
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/conferenceObject
Rights: © de los textos: sus autores
Peer Review: si
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