Roadmap for implementation of BIM in the UK construction industry

Farzad Khosrowshahi, Yusuf Arayici

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Purpose - Building information modelling (BIM) implementation is a major change management task, involving diversity of risk areas. The identification of the challenges and barriers is therefore an imperative precondition of this change process. This paper aims to diagnose UK's construction industry to develop a clear understanding about BIM adoption and to form an imperative step of consolidating collective movements towards wider BIM implementation and to provide strategies and recommendations for the UK construction industry for BIM implementation. Design/methodology/approach - Through comprehensive literature review, the paper initially establishes BIM maturity concept, which paves the way for the analysis via qualitative and quantitative methods: interviews are carried out with high profile organisations in Finland to gauge the best practice before combining the results with the analysis of survey questionnaire amongst the major contractors in the UK. Findings - The results are established in the form of the initial phase of a sound BIM implementation guidance at strategic and operational levels. The findings suggest three structured patterns to systematically tackle technology, process and people issues in BIM implementation. These are organisational culture, education and training, and information management. The outcome is expressed as a roadmap for the implementation of BIM in the UK entailing issues that require consideration for organisations to progress on the BIM maturity ladder. Practical implications - It paves a solid foundation for organisations to make informed decisions in BIM adaptation within the overall organisation structure. Originality/value - This research consolidates collective movements towards wider implementation of BIM in the UK and forms a base for developing a sound BIM strategy and guidance. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)610-635
Number of pages26
JournalEngineering, Construction and Architectural Management
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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