Learning From SamBIM - A Norwegian Innovation Project About BIM-driven Collaboration in Ambitious Building Projects
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This paper reports and discusses the status in a Norwegian research-based innovation project called ”SamBIM – BIM-driven collaboration in the building process”. The overall aim of SamBIM is to develop BIM-driven processes and collaborative models that boost value creation in construction projects, the AEC-industry and in the SamBIM-companies. SamBIM is funded by the Norwegian Research Council. The project partners are leading and R&D active companies in the Norwegian AEC-industry, representing various parts of the building process value-chain. SamBIM focuses in particular on the interface between programming, design, and the production phase. Important characteristics of the project is the holistic and interdisciplinary approach to phenomena studied in five ambitious real-life projects, the action research inspired methodology, and the use of change-agents as the "innovation gear" between research and practice. The SamBIM project concludes in 2016. In this paper, we present preliminary results of the case studies. We furthermore investigate different foci, implementation angles, practice, and development of BIM-driven collaboration, both in the individual case project and in the SamBIM project in general. The paper discusses possibilities and challenges related to the research design and methodological approach of the innovation project. Knowledge development and learning across maturity levels, formal and informal implementation strategies, collaboration across scales (multidisciplinary dimensions,life-cycle perspectives), process models for collaboration, and measures to obtain high quality BIM-driven collaboration in the building process are among the subjects appraised. The multidisciplinary profile of the research team has been fruitful in order to grasp the complexity of the observed phenomena. The broad approach has made it possible to view SamBIM topics from different traditions, both practically and theoretically. The research has contributed to increase the industry partner's knowledge, as it has contributed to the scholarly literature (particularly through the two embedded Ph.d-studies).