BIM Implementation Strategies - Global Comparisons

Federation of Scientific & Technical Associations (FAST)
Publication Type:
Conference Proceeding
ICEC 2014 - IX World Congress: Re-Engineering Total Cost, 2014, pp. 1 - 9 (9)
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This paper examines the initiatives and strategies that are being used in leading countries around the world to promote effective Building Information Modelling (BIM) implementation in their construction industries. The effective implementation and use of BIM remains a major issue for the construction industry. Whilst the technology underpinning BIM has been around for well over a decade BIM implementation and take-up has been relatively slow in the construction industry compared to industries such as manufacturing and engineering. The purpose of this study is to identify and evaluate initiatives and approaches that are being used successfully by countries that are leading the way in the field. The methodology for this paper is based on a literature review of the key global issues in relation to BIM implementation and then a detailed investigation of implementation strategies that have been developed in a range of countries and regions such as North America, Scandinavia, the United Kingdom, Singapore, China, and Australia. The research reveals that there are considerable implementation issues. The key problem relates to quality issues with BIM models – the industry requires high quality BIM models for all professionals to be able to use the model most effectively and, more importantly, trust the accuracy of the information and data that is being generated. Nevertheless, an increasing number of countries are developing successful implementation strategies with North America, the United Kingdom and the Scandinavian region generally leading the way. A key finding was the importance of coordinated government support and leadership as a critical driver for BIM implementation. The paper concludes with a range of strategies and recommendations that flow from the ‘best practice’ findings in the research.
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