Lean construction and Building Information Modelling (BIM) are important means of on-going change and improvement in the construction industry. However, the achievement of the proposed benefits from both approaches needs to appropriately consider business processes and environment, which are highly influenced by social phenomena. Thus, there is a clear need and opportunity for a social science perspective in this context.

Historically, the field of management, understood as social science, has dissociated itself from concerns related to design and production. Furthermore, it can be argued that the current on-going transformation has been somewhat fragmented, and as such it provides a challenge for social science oriented research.

The current changes in industry through new processes and the use of technology is also a major opportunity for social science researchers to observe social and psychological phenomena such as creativity, problem-solving, collaboration, co-design, commitment and trust, which may lead to improved methods and models of management. The evolving technological and business landscape provides many interesting puzzles and contradictions for researchers to study.

In view of these issues, the ambition of the workshop is to discuss and clarify the following: What are the important social science research questions in relation to Lean and BIM? Which social science approaches and methods are effective and useful in this context? How can we reconcile the apparent contradictions between technological, sociological and psychological viewpoints to design and construction activities?



The book of abstracts for the 4th International Workshop When Social Science Meets Lean and BIM can be downloaded here - 4th workshop booklet


Programme Committee


Professor Patricia Tzortzopoulos
Head of Architecture and 3D Design
University of Huddersfield
Huddersfield HD1 3DH, UK
Tel: (+44) 01484 472281
Email: P.Tzortzopoulos@hud.ac.uk

Advisory Board:

Dr. Hannele Kerosuo, University of Helsinki, Finland
Professor Lauri Koskela, University of Huddersfield, UK
Professor Arto Kiviniemi, University of Liverpool, UK
Professor Carlos Formoso, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Professor Stephen Emmit, University of Bath, UK 


Professor Mike Kagioglou
Dean of Art, Design and Architecture
University of Huddersfield
Huddersfield HD1 3DH, UK
Tel: (+44) 01484 472289
Email: m.kagioglou@hud.ac.uk

Professor Angela Lee
School of Art, Design and Architecture
University of Huddersfield,
Huddersfield HD1 3DH, UK
Tel: (+44) 01484 471827
Email: a.lee@hud.ac.uk

Professor Song Wu
Architecture and 3D Design
University of Huddersfield
Huddersfield HD1 3DH, UK
Tel: (+44) 01484 472291
Email: s.wu@hud.ac.uk

Dr. Yufan Zhang
School of Arts Design and Architecture
University of Huddersfield
Huddersfield HD1 3DH
Tel: 01484 471632
Email: y.zhang2@hud.ac.uk


Thursday 28 January

9.00 - 9.55am Registration and coffee/tea
9.55 - 10.00am Patricia Tzortzopoulos Welcome (644KB) Chair: Patricia Tzortzopoulos
10.00 - 10.40am Prof Arto Kiviniemi, University of Liverpool Built Environment and Our Digital Future (4.6MB)
10.40 - 11.00am Hannele Kerosuo and Sami Paavola Expansive Uses Of BIM And Organizing BIM Coordination(254KB)
11.00 - 11.20am Sami Paavola and Hannele Kerosuo Negotiating on uses of BIM within construction projects(2.7MB)
11.20 - 11.30am Chair Discussion
11.30 - 11.40am Break
11.40am - 12.00pm Michail Kagioglou Structure and Agency: Key considerations for Built Environment New Product De... (912KB) Chair: Rafael Sacks
12.00 - 12.20pm Ury Gurevich and Rafael Sacks BIM adoption in Large Government Owner Organisations(961KB)
12.20 - 12.30pm Chair Discussion
12.30 - 1.20pm Lunch
1.20 - 1.40pm John A. Rooke Combining engineering and social science concepts in the analysis of Lean Con... (204KB) Chair: Hannele Kerosuo
1.40 - 2.00pm Jose Perez, Ioannis Brilakis and Georgios Kapogiannis Improving transparency behaviour in construction projects in Commonwealth of ... (526KB)
2.00 - 2.20pm Jason Le Masurier Soft Systems Methodology to Support Lean Geotechnical Design (1.1MB)
2.20 - 2.30pm Chair Discussion
2.30 - 2.40pm Break  
2.40 - 3.00pm Matt Parkes Methods of Overcoming Barriers to BIM Collaboration on a 70 Storey Developme... (1.8MB) Chair: Arto Kiviniemi
3.00 - 3.20pm Daniela D. Viana and Carlos T. Formoso ‌ (2.9MB)
3.20 - 3.40pm Luciana Miron Contributions to value generation from Lean and BIM studies in South of Brazil (2MB)
3.40 - 3.50pm Chair Discussion
3.50 - 4.00pm Break
4.00 - 4.15pm Henrik Buhl, Nicolaj Hvid og Michael Andersen "A knot" - the construct to bring us "Beyond the BIM utopia"? (628KB) Chair: Lauri Koskela
4.15 - 4.30pm Mai Brink Rasmussen, Rasmus Lund Jensen and Anna Marie Fisker Knotworking in an interior décor process (2.7MB)
4.30 - 4.40pm Chair Discussion
4.40pm End


Friday 29 January

8.30 - 9.00am Coffee/tea
9.00 - 9.05am Michail Kagioglou Welcome Chair: Michail Kagioglou

9.05 - 9.45am Prof James Barlow, Imperial College London Global Health Challenges, the Built Environment and Disruptive Innovation... (2.2MB)
9.45 - 10.00am Marton Taggart, Lauri Koskela and John Rooke Reducing and Eliminating Construction Defects Using Action Research (AR) in ... (750KB)
10.00 - 10.15am Erik A. Poirier, Daniel Forgues and Sheryl Staub-French Degrees of alignment: assessing collaboration in BIM-enabled project delivery... (1.2MB)
10.15 - 10.30am Saeed Talebi, Lauri Koskela and Mark Shelbourn Improvement of Dimensional Tolerances in Construction: The Role of Lean and BIM (856KB)
10.30 - 10.40am Chair Discussion
10.40 - 10.50am Break
10.50 - 11.10am Carlos T. Formoso, Daniela D. Viana, Iamara R. Bulhoes Design Search Research in Lean Construction: an analysis of research process... (2.2MB) Chair: Daniel Forgues

11.10 - 11.25am Nigel Blampied Lean Production and Transaction Cost Economics (252KB)
11.25 - 11.45am

Clarissa Biotto and Patricia Tzortzopoulos


Clarissa Biotto and Bruno Mota

Intergrating Design and Production in Construction Projects (574KB)


Use of BIM and Lean in Construction by a Consulting Firm from Brazil (2.1MB)

11.45am - 12.00pm Danilo Gomes Challenges to manage early design stage information in a BIM environment (489KB)
12.00 - 12.10pm Chair Discussion
12.10 - 1.00pm Lunch
1.00 - 1.20pm Lauri Koskela Collaboration in construction projects: Why is it needed, what does it require? (719KB) Chair: Carlos Formoso

1.20 - 1.45pm Petros Mitarakis and Georgios Kapogianni Gamification and Building Information Modelling (BIM) could enhance collabor... (751KB)
1.45 - 2.00pm Barry Talbot and Georgios Kapogianni Enhancing Trust Through Performance Certainty (680KB)
2.00 - 2.15pm Filippo Bosi LAPID: lean guidance tool for the aviation industry (461KB)
2.15 - 2.25pm Chair Discussion
2.25 - 2.35pm Break
2.35 - 2.50pm Eleni Papadonikolaki, Hans Wamelink and Ruben Vrijhoef Integration in Design and Construction: The Case of BIM-enabled SCM (1.1MB) Chair: Lauri Koskela

2.50 - 3.05pm Touria Bouazza, Chika Udeaja and David Greenwood Exploring the role of BIM in managing knowledge in a construction project del... (920KB)
3.05 - 3.20pm Isabel Jordan Palomar, Jorge L. Garcia Valldecabres and Eugenio Arminana A method for historic building data management using BIM(2.6MB)
3.20 - 3.35pm Noraina Md Rahim Impact of changes on project participant's psychology at construction stage... (370KB)
3.35 - 3.45pm Chair Discussion
3.45 - 4.00pm Discussion, next event and close


Keynote speakers

Professor James Barlow

James Barlow has held a Chair in Technology and Innovation Management (Healthcare) at Imperial College Business School since 2003. Since September 2013 he has also been Associate Director of Research and Evaluation for Imperial College Health Partners. He was co-director of the Imperial College’s Innovation Studies Centre from 2003-2006. From 2006-2013 he led HaCIRIC, a major programme of research on the adoption, implementation and sustainability of innovation in healthcare infrastructure systems. 

James was educated at the London School of Economics (BA and PhD) and has previously held appointments at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU, University of Sussex), the Policy Studies Institute and the University of Westminster. 

Much of James’ research and practice has been on the development and introduction of complex healthcare technologies, as well as organizational and financial innovations such as public-private partnerships. He has published widely and has been a member of many expert panels on healthcare innovation, both in the UK and internationally.

He is a member of the executive for the NIHR Northwest London CLAHRC and the Dept. of Health Policy Innovation Research Unit. In September 2014 he was appointed President of the International Academic for Design and Health.

James has worked extensively with companies involved in the healthcare sector, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, ICT and construction. He has been a member of healthcare advisory boards for UK companies, and currently sits on the advisory board for Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital Charitable Trust and. For more information see www.james-barlow.com and www.imperial.ac.uk/people/j.barlow.

Dr Arto Kiviniemi

Dr Arto Kiviniemi, Professor of Digital Architectural Design at the School of Architecture in the University of Liverpool, has developed integrated Building Information Modelling (BIM) both in Finland and internationally since 1996. In 1997 Tekes (Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation) invited Arto to lead the national R&D programme “Vera – Information Networking in the Construction Process 1997-2002”. The programme created the foundation for Finland’s position as one of the leading countries using BIM in the industry. In May 2010 Arto moved to UK and worked first as a Professor at the School of Built Environment in the University of Salford until he moved to his current position at the University of Liverpool in September 2013.

Internationally Arto’s main activities have been related to the International Alliance for Interoperability, now known as building SMART International, where he has acted as the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the International Council and Executive Committee and as the Chairman of the International Technical Management Committee. Currently he is a member of the International Technical Advisory Group.

Arto has presented 140+ keynote and invited lectures in international seminars and conferences around the world since 1996. For his international merits in developing integrated BIM Arto received the FIATECH CETI Outstanding Researcher Award in March 2009 and the Order of the Knight of White Rose of Finland in December 2012.



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Contact Us

Hosting University: University of Huddersfield, UK

Workshop Organiser:  Professor Patricia Tzortzopoulos, P.Tzortzopoulos@hud.ac.uk

Conference address: University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, UK, HD1 3DH



This workshop is financially supported by Innovative Design LabSchool of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Huddersfield