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Challenges to building information modelling implementation in UK: Designers' perspectives

Navendren, Dharshana; Manu, Patrick; Shelbourn, Mark; Mahamadu, Abdul-M

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Dharshana Navendren

Patrick Manu
Professor of Innovative Construction and Project Management

Mark Shelbourn

Abdul Mahamadu
Associate Lecturer - CATE - AAE - UAAE0001


Ani Raiden

Emmanuel Aboagye-Nimo


Building information modelling (BIM) has been proposed as a technology enabled process for the realisation of the performance ambitions of the construction industry through integrated management of information in virtual 3-D formats. Significant challenges however exist which undermine its implementation within the construction industry. The identification of these challenges is an imperative precondition for successful implementation of BIM given the associated risk. The design phase has particularly been cited as a significant beneficiary of process improvement and efficiency gains expected from the deployment of BIM. Despite the critical role of the design phase to project delivery and consequently BIM usage, few studies have sought to interrogate the challenges faced by designers. A qualitative approach was adopted through semi-structured interviews to solicit perspectives of UK design firms on the implementation challenges being faced. Findings reveal a categorisation of challenges as design-specific, team-orientated, project-related, technology related (BIM specific), industry-wide challenges and cost. This categorisation is used as a basis for identifying critical challenges which include: design process lag and loss of time; lack of understanding by clients regarding requirements for the BIM model; lack of learning feedback from projects on which BIM has been used; and lack of supply chain integration. Variation in the challenges across different maturity levels of firms is also confirmed in this study, particularly in relation to cost of implementation. Awareness of these challenges provides opportunities for identifying effective solutions for their mitigation.


Navendren, D., Manu, P., Shelbourn, M., & Mahamadu, A. (2014, September). Challenges to building information modelling implementation in UK: Designers' perspectives. Paper presented at 30th Annual Annual ARCOM Conference, Portsmouth

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name 30th Annual Annual ARCOM Conference
Conference Location Portsmouth
Start Date Sep 1, 2014
End Date Sep 3, 2014
Publication Date Sep 1, 2014
Publicly Available Date Jun 6, 2019
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 733-742
Keywords building information modelling, BIM, UK, designers
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Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Proceedings of 30th Annual ARCOM Conference


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