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8.09 BIM Implementation: PESTEL Drivers & Barriers (Cross-national Analysis)

Friday, November 2, 2012
11:45 AM-12:45 PM
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
Track: Technology
Format: General Presentation
Knowledge Level: 200 level
This presentation meets the criteria for Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) LU/ CEUs.
This presentation meets the criteria for the Sustainable Design (SD) LU/ CEUs.
Session Description: BIM is a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility or a system. As such it serves as a shared knowledge resource for information about a system, forming a reliable basis for decision making during its life cycle, from inception onwards. It requires a close collaboration between various stakeholders at different phases of the life cycle to regularly update and modify information.  It is a fairly new method, increasingly gaining popularity among the professionals who realize its benefits. BIM appears to be capable of linking data from manufacturing, construction and FM sources, enabling improved maintenance planning, managing daily operations and scheduling future purchases and construction additions. It also has a positive impact on sustainability, cost savings, and health and safety.

Nevertheless, there are numerous challenges facing organizations wishing to implement BIM, which require major changes in managing construction ventures at almost every level within the building process. The outlook also differs across the borders, illustrating significant differences between the proportion of companies actively engaging in BIM in the U.S. as opposed to the U.K.

Explore the impacts of PESTEL trajectories on the extent of BIM implementation to various projects; and the barriers that could impede this process. Gain potential explanations on the gap between the U.K. firms and U.S.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the barriers and drivers for BIM implementation in the U.K. and U.S. organizations.
  • Understand the use of BIM across the industry.
  • Gather recent learning from industry experts on the impact that BIM has on project delivery.
  • Gain ideas to limit the barriers and further motivate organizations to explore full usage of BIM.
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    Kathy Roper, CFM, IFMA Fellow
    School of Building Construction, Georgia Institute of Technology

    Kathy Roper is associate professor and chair, Integrated Facility Management at Georgia Institute of Technology, an IFMA Foundation accredited graduate program. She is widely published in FM journals and conferences, and recently co-created and co-edits the new open-access, online International Journal of Facility Management (, and co-authored "The Facility Management Handbook, Third Edition." Roper and her students also developed the IFMA white paper, Strategic Facility Planning. She is on IFMA's board of directors and serves on the Education, Research and Strategic Plan Oversight Committees. She has been a member of the Atlanta Chapter of IFMA board of directors for more than 13 years and served as president in 1997; she chaired the IFMA Recognized Degree Programs Committee, as well as served as a member of the board for the Atlanta Chapter of CoreNet Global and being an appointed member of the USGBC’s Formal Education Committee, serving as co-chair.

    Michael Pitt
    Bartlett School of Graduate Studies

    Michael Pitt specializes in research and consultancy projects that add value and deliver change in the general area of facility management operations and strategy. He has been involved in facilities and property research and teaching since 1990, is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and sits on the RICS Facilities Management Executive. Pitt delivers two taught modules on the MSc Facility & Environment Management in London and Singapore. He works particularly closely with Modus Services Ltd. in the MoD PFI supply chain and UCLH on Healthcare Facility Management and is always keen to develop new long-term relationships to add value to both UCL and the partner organization. He is editor in chief of the Journal of Facilities Management, having been instrumental in founding the Journal in 2001. He has published numerous papers in international refereed scholarly journals, has presented at many international conferences and delivered workshops in several countries. Recent projects have included an examination of the impact of interior planting on productivity, waste management trends, the development of sustainability strategies and performance measurement systems. At the current time a cluster of research projects are running within the PFI supply chain at MOD Main Building in Whitehall. These projects are all partly funded by the private sector jointly with either the U.K. Government or one of the U.K. research councils. The work with Modus Services Ltd. on sustainability won the BIFM Sustainability and Impact Award 2011. Pitt is engaged in FM developmental work, particularly in Malaysia and China. He is visiting professor at the University of Malaya.

    Paulina Zakrzewska
    Bartlett School of Graduate Studies

    Paulina Zakrzewska is a highly motivated, dedicated and inquisitive person. She specializes in cross-border research in the areas of macro-business, industrial relations and best practice transfer. Her degree in interdiscyplinary studies of business and social sciences which focused on international concepts allows her to understand and analyze organizational behavior on local, national and international levels. Her foreign language skills enable her to use a wide range of sources written in native languages. Thanks to her professional project management background, she is very time, quality and goal orientated. Zakrzewska was involved in cross-national research within a European framework, in particular in Polish, German and English business environments. Recently she has been working on projects within the public sector and highly regulated large private organizations following the motto of sustainability, with the outlook into a broader horizon, where simple solutions is not enough. This principle will be also leading her Ph.D. research on FM LEAN applications within the health sector.

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