BIM-adoption within Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs): An existing BIM-gap in the building sector

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The AECO industry is fast going digital, with Building Information Modelling (BIM) becoming an essential part of it. BIM adoption is seeing an expanding trend as more and more building sector stakeholders can realize how by prototyping the building virtually to be built, they can review the design more efficiently, obtain more accuracy in construction and if need be, evaluate alternatives concerning cost and other parameters. In this regard, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) form a significant part of the sector; thereby their innovative practices are crucial in performing BIM within an Integrated Design (ID) schema. Many governments support adoption of BIM-oriented ID approaches on their national markets, yet the involvement of small companies in the common BIM-adoption is considered inadequate. As such, a common BIM-gap exists and negatively impacts the overall pace of adopting innovative technologies in construction. Inspiring SMEs to adopt BIM can help the AECO industry including each individual firm enhancing their productivity as well as economic profit and reducing risks. The sooner small and medium companies decide to undertake BIM transformation and dumping the traditional construction process as the only right choice the better for all stakeholders. On the basis of this underlying hypothesis, the aim of the present research study is firstly to identify issues that are the cause for the BIM-gap to emerge and secondly to investigate what actions could be undertaken with an attempt to reduce it.

The research methodology used in this study consists the data collection from various experienced practitioners including Site Engineers, Construction Managers, Schedulers, Cost Estimators, BIM coordinators, Consultants, and Designers with an understanding of the on-site BIM implementation. In order to collect the appropriate amount of data in a timely manner that could serve further deduction, a mixed method called triangulation is used, including phone interviews; an extensive literature review; non-interactive interviews in the form of online forum discussions including an online survey and review of relevant practitioners’ opinions. Data collection is then followed by an analysis of the collected data and the extraction of most relevant facts. This is the conclusion of this study that the costly BIM-adoption appears unappealing to many SMEs due to various obstacles containing lack of motivation and need to change, as well as the issue of many of the popular BIM platforms not being designed to suit the specific needs of SMEs.
TitelProceedings of the 36th International Conference of CIB W78, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK, 18-20 September
Antal sider10
StatusUdgivet - 2019
BegivenhedCIB W78 2019 Conference: ICT in Design, Construction and Management in Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Operations (AECO) - Northumbria University, Newcastle, Storbritannien
Varighed: 18 sep. 201920 sep. 2019
Konferencens nummer: 36


KonferenceCIB W78 2019 Conference
LokationNorthumbria University

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