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Mansoori, S., Harkonen, J. and Haapasalo, H. (2023), "Productization and product structure enabling BIM implementation in construction", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 30 No. 5, pp. 2155-2184.

Productization and product structure enabling BIM implementation in construction

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Author: Mansoori, Solmaz1; Härkönen, Janne1; Haapasalo, Harri1
Organizations: 1Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Emerald, 2023
Publish Date: 2023-06-13


Purpose: This study aims to facilitate consistency of information in building information modelling (BIM) and address the current BIM gaps through the perspectives of the productization concept and product structure (PS).

Design/methodology/approach: The study follows a conceptual research approach in conjunction with a single case study. First, the previous studies on BIM implementation, productization and PS are reviewed. Further, a case study is used to analyse the current state of productization in the construction sector and develop a functional PS for construction.

Findings: A Part-Phase-Elements Matrix is proposed as a construction-specific PS to facilitate consistency in information and to enhance BIM. The proposed matrix provides new avenues to facilitate consistent information exchange through the interconnection between conceptual PS and standard building objects library, and encourage collaborative communication between stakeholders.

Originality/value: This study explores the core of the productization concept and PS as means to facilitate consistency of information and thus address the current gaps in BIM. This as building projects progressively move towards systematic modular and prefabricated construction where the flow of reliable information about product and construction offerings becomes increasingly important.

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Series: Engineering, construction and architectural management
ISSN: 0969-9988
ISSN-E: 1365-232X
ISSN-L: 0969-9988
Volume: 30
Issue: 5
Pages: 2155 - 2184
DOI: 10.1108/ECAM-09-2021-0848
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
Copyright information: Copyright © 2022, Solmaz Mansoori, Janne Harkonen and Harri Haapasalo. Published by Emerald Publishing Limited. This article is published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) licence. Anyone may reproduce, distribute, translate and create derivative works of this article (for both commercial and non-commercial purposes), subject to full attribution to the original publication and authors. The full terms of this licence may be seen at