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SSUD71-013: Managing Complexity in Construction (Maximising Value)


This subject addresses the importance of using BIM/Lean/IPD principles and digital transformation to maximise value in all aspects of design and project delivery of complex projects. The strategic management of digital information using 3D BIM models, digital tools and Lean/IPD principles to collaboratively collect, analyse and communicate data is the driving force for future delivery of major complex projects with multiple stakeholders. The subject extends the discussion and practical applications of BIM best practice with decision-making processes based on robust, accessible data-driven information from digital design concept to operation of a building over its lifespan. This subject involves a critical review of using BIM principles and processes integrated with Lean/IPD based practices. The underlying focus of the subject ties all concepts back to information management delivering value not only to the contractor but to the ultimate client.

The subject is taught in a highly interactive environment. The lectures cover a range of topics relating to the opportunities and methods employed by contractors to leverage BIM during construction.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • May 2020 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Architecture and Built Environment
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2020: $5,070

Learning outcomes

1. Evaluate BIM/Lean/IPD technology outputs to make decisions regarding manufacturing aspects of the delivery process that could contribute to minimisation of project waste.
2. Assess potential construction delivery intentions using BIM platforms with a Lean construction focus within an IPD approach to determine the best combination and integration of on-site production and off site fabrication to minimize waste on projects.
3. Synthesise various aspects of the 7 and 8 component models (depending on model source) for minimizing waste on projects with particular emphasis on - Minimising defects, Reducing unnecessary over production, Elimination of waiting time for materials delivery and other elements of construction process, Ensuring that human resources are employed and applied to optimally utilize their talents, Manage transport and inventory storage logistics to minimise waste, Reduce excessive and unnecessary processing and minimise non-essential motion around sites.

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  • Study Abroad Students

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens17/03/2020
Semester start25/05/2020
Subject start25/05/2020
Cancellation 1?08/06/2020
Cancellation 2?15/06/2020
Last enrolment07/06/2020
Withdraw – Financial?20/06/2020
Withdraw – Academic?11/07/2020
Teaching census?19/06/2020