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    READINESS OF NIGERIAN BUILDING DESIGN FIRMS TO ADOPT BUILDING INFORMATION MODELLING (BIM) TECHNOLOGIES
    (2013-01-11) ABUBAKAR, Muawiya IBRAHIM, Yahaya Makarfi BALA, Kabir
    Building Information Modelling (BIM) has become the new international benchmark for efficiency in design, construction and maintenance of buildings. It is the platform that brings about collaboration between project stakeholders and improvement of project outcomes. With all its potentials, not much of the impact of BIM technologies has been felt in the Nigerian construction industry. This research aimed at assessing the readiness of the Nigerian building design firms to adopt BIM technologies. The research was exploratory in nature. A field survey was conducted with the use of structured questionnaire, self administered to a sample of building design consultancy firms (architectural, structural, M&E, quantity surveying, and multi-disciplinary design firms) within Abuja and Kaduna. The questionnaire sought the perception of the responding firms on the factors affecting BIM adoption in the Nigerian construction industry, and their level of readiness to adopt BIM technologies in their practices based on the four categories of readiness-management, people, process and technology. 42.26% response rate was achieved and used for analysis. ANOVA and DUNCAN post-hoc tests were used to establish the differences between the responses of the groups of firms, while means and standard deviations were obtained to establish the important factors affecting BIM adoption in Nigeria. The survey revealed that all the groups of Nigerian design firms are appreciably ready for the adoption of BIM technologies in their practice, with slight variations in their respective levels of readiness. 'Lack of awareness of BIM technology among professionals' and clients and Mack of knowledgeable and experienced partners' were identified as the most important barriers of BIM adoption in Nigeria; while the most significant drivers are 'availability of well trained professionals' and 'cooperation and commitment of professional bodies to the adoption'. Education and training of building design professionals and cooperation of all stakeholders in the design and construction supply chain were recommended as part of measures to ensure successful adoption of BIM in the Nigerian construction industry.
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    IDENTIFYING BUILDING PRODUCTS THAT SUPPORT BIM-BASED QUANTITY TAKE-OFF USING THE NIGERIAN BESMM 4
    (2017) ABDULLAHI, M. OMBUGADU, T.J. IBRAHIM, Y,M. IBRAHIM, A.D. ABUBAKAR, M. ALI, A.A.
    The Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) data schema developed by the BuildingSMART International has been the major and most widely used solution to interoperability challenges in Architecture Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry. Despite its wide acceptance by software vendors and the industry in general, studies have reported the schema to be inadequate as it does not fully cater for local requirements/standards which vary from one country to the other and, therefore, researchers have developed schema extensions to capture local requirements of different countries across various domains. In Nigeria, the Building and Engineering Standard Method of Measurement (BESMM 4) is currently the standard of measurement of construction works and, to date, an assessment of how well the IFCs data schema supports the measurement of construction works using the BESMM 4 is not known. Therefore, this paper as part of a study proposing schema extensions for cash flow management identifies building products that support BlM-bascd quantity take-off with their corresponding IFC entities, classes and attributes based on the current IFC Data Schema (IFC4 Add 1). Qualitative research approach based on desktop studies and document analysis was employed in identifying building products as contained in the BESMM 4, and then the corresponding IFC specifications that describe these building products were similarly identified in the most recent of IFC Data Schema (IFC4 Add 1). The study concludes that current BIM platforms and software application cannot adequately support quantity take-off of building works using BESMM 4.
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    THE ROLE OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT IN TETFUND CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS
    (2019-08) ZAILANI, Mahmud Bello KOLO, Baba Adama ABUBAKAR, Muawiya
    Tertiary Education Trust fund (TETfund) is an intervention agency that provide. funding for the rehabilitation, restoration and consolidation of tertiary edu< ation in Nigeria. Despite the engagement of project managers in TETfund projects, there is empirical evidence that most often these projects fail in terms of cost, time and quality. Regulatory bodies such as RICS, APM and IPM have clearly defined generic processes of project management practice throughout the project life cycle. This research aimed to identify the project management responsibilities performed by project managers involved in TETfund projects. A quantitative research approach was adopted in this work. A structured questionnaire was designed to elicit the participation of project managers in TETfund projects. Respondents were sampled using the purposive sampling technique. Data collected was analyzed using both descriptive and inferential statistic. Results from the research shows that Architects and Quantity surveyors often serve as project managers on TETfund projects. More so, 92.3% of the respondents were engaged at the inception of the project life cycle and often served leadership roles on these projects. Respondents reported that project management responsibilities were provided at all stages of the project life cycle which include preparation, procurement, design, construction and handover More so, 50% of the respondents were highly satisfied with the services they offered on the project as they had the opportunity of providing challenging project management services that was much more than anticipated. Findings of this research provides an insight to the level of engagement and role of project management in TETfund projects. Also, it provides empirical evidence on the understanding of the concept of project management in the Nigerian < onslriu lion industry.
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    APPRAISAL OF THE EXTENT OF BIM INTEGRATION IN FACILITY MANAGEMENT PRACTICES IN ABUJA, NIGERIA
    (2018) Yunusa, M.H. ABUBAKAR, M. ABDULLAHI, M.
    The success of organizations in current business environment era depends to a large extent on their information technology power base which they incorporate in their daily processes Recent studies indicated that facility operations data are maintained separately from design and construction data BIM, is a concept which creates a physical representation of physical and functional characteristics of a building in an electronic model BIM plays a very important role in the I'M practices such as space planning, asset management etc as it is becoming a better known established collaboration process in the construction industry. As affirmed by researchers, the ideal situation for the facility management industry to fully adopt the BIM. thus, this research investigates the extent of integration of BIM in I'M services and procedures Data for the studs were gathered through review of related literature for secondary data and questionnaire administration as primary data, to assess the extent of integration of BIM in Abuja F'M practice Research findings indicated that most respondent a staff have "fair" knowledge of BIM Recommendations include, calling for the effective utilization of BIM technology in FM services and procedures while funis should also imbibe the culture of training staffs to acquire the capacity to match these technology The researchers recommend the correlation of facility management BIM application arears with sources ol data and file formats so as lo boost interoperability factors
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    AN APPRAISAL OF ACCIDENT RECORD MANAGEMENT PRACTICES OF NIGERIAN CONSTRUCTION FIRMS
    (2018-02-24) ABUBAKAR, Muawiya ABDULLAHI, Muhammad BALA, Kabir ABDUL-ALIM, Ahmad
    The construction industry continues to record a high prevalence of accidents compared to other industries. Although previous research efforts have developed different approaches towards improving the safety performance of the construction industry, lack of records has been identified as a major impediment to addressing the safety challenges faced by construction workers. In developing countries, poor accident records management practices continue to be a major barrier to the realization of any meaningful improvement in construction health and safety performance. This research assesses the record management practices of construction accidents in Nigeria. Quantitative research approach was adopted, using structured questionnaires to collect data from safety officers and construction project managers of small and medium construction firms in Abuja, Kaduna and Kano. Findings revealed that most of these companies do not have a structured accident record management system and there is no legislation mandating them to record and report accidents and their causal factors to any government agency. It was recommended that stakeholders should put in place a proper accident reporting and record management system in the Nigerian construction industry to achieve significant safety improvement.