Integrated Project Delivery with BIM: A Methodical Approach Within the UK Consulting Sector

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Abstract

The aim of this study is to identify the advantages and limitations in the implementation of the Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) in the UK consulting sector. A literature review critically analyses the existing literature, (including online articles and publications owing to the current and fast-moving nature of the topic in question). Next, a qualitative research approach was employed through interviews which targeted BIM professionals across the AEC sector in the UK. Barriers to BIM were found to include lack of enthusiasm for potential opportunities for BIM and IPD. Cultural factors which act against BIM and IPD implementation include, willingness to adopt BIM environment, software cost, high-end user maintenance cost. Furthermore, a need was determined for UK government support and encouragement for the use of BIM and IPD for smaller projects. This study recommends that schools take steps to improve career advice and guidance for students in relation to construction, specifically increasing awareness of the opportunities available related to BIM and working professionals to increase awareness of and employment in BIM through training and apprentices as appropriately. Finally, the paper concludes that BIM and IPD should be more widely adopted within AEC industries in the UK to maximise benefits from both systems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)922-935
JournalJournal of Information Technology in Construction
Volume26
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Publication statusPublished - 01 Nov 2021

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