Collaboration in the construction industry can help to align the incentives of clients and suppliers. But even with the best will in the world communication and coordination can be difficult to achieve, particularly for complex projects.

If properly designed, collaborative BIM can provide solutions for this.

This report outlines findings from a research project exploring the potential and pitfalls of collaboration and matching these with an analysis of BIM.

Using interviews and online surveys, novel insights from behavioural economics and incentive theory are applied to investigations of collaborative working and the potential of BIM as toolkits, for improving information flows and enabling collaborative working practices, particularly for lower tiers of the construction supply chain.


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