A study of the implementation of BIM in the AEC industry in New Zealand

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    Thanh Pham, Thi Nhat
    Skelton, Lorraine
    Sajeevan Samarasinghe, Don Amila
    2020 Conference Papers
    Conference Papers
    Digital Architecture, BIM & City Information Modelling (CIM)


In the most recent two decades, Building Information Modelling (BIM) has been considered one of the most significant global technological innovations in the context of the Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) industry. Notably, several developed countries such as Finland, Singapore, Denmark, and Norway have successfully implemented BIM in both the government and private sectors. Modern research shows wider use and acceptance of BIM would benefit the AEC industry in New Zealand, with gains such as more effective processes, better cost-control and significant quality improvement of buildings and infrastructure. Even though there is a support mechanism to advocate the employment of BIM into the AEC industry in New Zealand, there are numerous barriers for its successful implementation. Past literature shows that only a few studies have analysed the reasons for lack of BIM use in New Zealand despite its well-recognised benefits and the available support mechanism. Therefore, this study aims to explore the barriers of BIM implementation in New Zealand. The study employed a qualitative approach. Selected subject matter experts from academia and the AEC industry in New Zealand were interviewed. The study found that the BIM adoption support mechanism in New Zealand is inefficient due to a lack of government leadership for supporting Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the construction industry. An inconsistency of standards and classifications has also resulted in loose collaboration and a lack of coordination between members in the AEC industry. It is expected that the research findings will contribute to a deeper understanding of the barriers for BIM application in New Zealand.

Keywords: BIM implementation; Architecture, Engineering & Construction (ACE), New Zealand.


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