BIM as a generic configurator for facilitation of customisation in the AEC industry

Eric R.P. Farr, Poorang A.E. Piroozfar*, Dexter Robinson

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One of the long-lasting challenges of the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry has been addressing personalised solutions as nearly affordable as possible to what could be offered by mass production in the post industrialisation era. Ever since its gestation, BIM has promised endless prospects for people, organisations, products and processes in the AEC industry. This paper sets out to investigate the benefits of BIM as a general configurator to facilitate customisation: offering personalised solutions at a price comparable to mass produced products and services. Providing a quick review of literature, the paper sets the scene for investigating how the generic capabilities of BIM applications can be utilised to offer customisable façade systems. Using a systemic approach, this is then used to elucidate future developments of the current project into next stages where other elements and parameters can be implanted into the basic family to broaden the choice and to reinforce this customisable façade solution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-125
Number of pages7
JournalAutomation in Construction
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • BIM applications
  • Configurators
  • Mass customisation
  • Modularity
  • Personalisation
  • Product families


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