Field and Management Tracking


A process in which Field Management software, including Field BIM software, is used during the construction, commissioning, and handover process to manage, track, task, and report on quality (QA/QC), safety, documents to the field, commissioning (Cx), and handover programs, connected to Building Information Models (BIM). The goal of Field Management and Field BIM is to ensure conformance to contract documents, compliance to safety regulations, and performance to owner's project requirements, through BIM-based workflows out in the field and at the point-of-construction.

Potential Value:

  • Ability for field personnel to access, read and update building information models (BIM) in the field.
  • Optimize first work and minimize rework due to non-conformances and defects.
  • Manage work to complete and correct efficiently with no communication lags and errors.
  • Prevent jobsite hazards and at-risk behaviors, and ensure jobsite safety.
  • Optimize system and component performance to owner's project requirements.
  • Document as-installed information for the record and for handover, at the point-of-construction.
  • Accelerate project schedule, time to operations and time to revenue.
  • Reduce the operations and maintenance (O&M) handoff, onboarding and uptime process.
  • Develop a digital handover asset of structured data and documents, to complement the physical asset.
  • Gain real-time visibility into organization, project and stakeholder performance.
  • Create a secure history log of field management activity for future audit-ability.
  • Identify trends with leading indicators to take proactive, preventive action versus reactive, corrective action.
  • Managing and mitigate performance and other risks.
  • Avoid contractor callbacks and warranty claims due to construction defects.

Resources Required:

  • Design Authoring Software
  • Model Review Software
  • Field Management Software and Field BIM Software
    • Connected, web-based application - cloud-computing
    • Disconnected or occasionally connected, local application - mobile computing
  • Internet connection
    • To access connected, web-based application
  • Pad, tablet, slate or other mobile computer device
    • To use disconnected or occasionally connected, local application
  • Rugged field case (optional)

Team Competencies Required:

  • Knowledge of construction processes and field management processes, including:
    • Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC) processes
    • Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) processes
    • Materials Management processes
    • Commissioning (Cx) processes
    • Handover or Turnover processes

Selected Resources:

  • American Society for Quality. (n.d.). American Society for Quality, Knowledge Center. Retrieved February 20, 2012, from American Society for Quality:
  • American Society of Civil Enginners. (2012). Quality in the Constructed Project: A Guide for Owners, Designers, and Constructors (3 ed.). Reston, VA: American Society of Civil Enginners.
  • Associated General Contractors of America. (2009). Manual of Accident Prevention in Construction. Arlington, VA: Associated General Contractors of America.
  • Associated General Contractors of America. (2012). OSHA Standards for Construction (OSHA 29 CFR). Arlington, VA: Associated General Contractors of America.
  • Associated General Contractors of America. (2011). The Contractor's Guide to BIM. Arlington, VA: Construction Specifications Institute.
  • Center for Construction Research and Training. (2012, February 20). eLCOSH, Electronic Library of Construction Safety and Health. Retrieved from eLCOSH, Electronic Library of Construction Safety and Health:
  • Construction Industry Institute. (1998). IR121-2: Planning for Startup. Austin, TX: Construction Industry Institute.
  • Construction Specifiucations Institute. (2005). The Project Resource Manual: CSI Manual of Practice (5 ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
  • Construction Users Roundtable. WP-1202: Collaboration, Integrated Information, and the Project Lifecycle in Building Design, Construction and Operation. Cincinnati: Construction Users Roundtable.
  • Crosby, P. B. (1979). Quality is Free: The Art of Making Quality Certain. New York, NY: Mentor.
  • Eastman, C. (2011). BIM Handbook: A Guide to Building Information Modeling for Owners, Managers, Designers, Engineers and Contractors (2 ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wilrey & Sons.
  • Fallon, K. K. NISTIR 7259: The Capital Facilities Information Handover Guide, Part 1. Washington, DC, 2006: National Institute of Standards and Technology.
  • Fallon, K. K. (2007). NISTIR 7417: General Buildings Handover Guide: Principles, Methodology and Case Studies. Washington, DC: National Institute of Standards and Technology.
  • Fiatech. (2012). Element 8 Workforce & Training: User Acceptance of Mobile IT – Phase II Report. Fiatech. Austin: Fiatech.
  • Foster, B. (2010). BIM After Construction. AGC BIMForum.
  • Gallaher, M. P. (2004). NIST GCR 04-867: Cost Analysis of Inadequate Interoperability in the U.S. Capital Facilities Industry . Gaithersburg: National Institute of Standards and Technology.
  • Green California DGS. (n.d.). Commissioning and Retro-Commissioning Buildings. Retrieved February 20, 2012, from Green California DGS:
  • Hardin, B. (2009). BIM and Construction Management: Proven Tools, Methods, and Workflows. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.