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Developing a BIM-Based Framework for Supplier Selection in Prefabrication

Version 1 : Received: 17 March 2019 / Approved: 19 March 2019 / Online: 19 March 2019 (13:07:57 CET)

How to cite: Zhao, L.; Liu, Z.; Zhang, H.; Mbachu, J. Developing a BIM-Based Framework for Supplier Selection in Prefabrication. Preprints 2019, 2019030188 Zhao, L.; Liu, Z.; Zhang, H.; Mbachu, J. Developing a BIM-Based Framework for Supplier Selection in Prefabrication. Preprints 2019, 2019030188

Abstract

Improving the efficiency of the supply process in prefabricated components is challenging and requires accounting for a variety of risks involved in the management of the suppliers. The purpose of this study is to present a method to account for the systematic trade-offs between several supplier alternatives. A novel framework is presented for the whole assessment of supplier alternatives by taking advantage of the information extracted from customized building information modeling (BIM) and a database required for assessment of impacts. A data library related to assessment criteria for supply alternatives is built to facilitate the storage and sharing of information. Analytic hierarchy process (AHP) is used to select the optimal supplier that is able to provide the most satisfaction for the determined criteria. The proposed framework was also illustrated by the implementation in a mega project. The study implication is that BIM-enabled supplier selection can indeed lead to more benefits and higher values for all stakeholders.

Subject Areas

risk assessment; BIM; supply chain management; prefabricated construction products

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