Implementation of BIM has proven to deliver major performance improvements in efficiency, design quality, constructability, waste reduction, environmental performance, and capital & operational cost management of built environment projects. Yet BIM implementation in low BIM maturity markets, such as the UAE, is limited to technology applications which fail to deliver the full potential of BIM benefits to client originations. The purpose of this paper is to investigate BIM implementation from a client’s perspective and to present a case study that exhibits a level 2 BIM implementation process in a traditional procurement environment. The study has used a case study approach combined with a literature review. A critical appraisal of relevant literature is presented to highlight key issues hindering BIM implementation for client organizations, especially in developing BIM markets, such as the UAE. The research is collected using an action research approach within a case study, including project document audit, participation in project collaboration meetings and extensive communication with the project stakeholders. The case study is presented in a practice-oriented research format describing the project details, procurement approach, BIM development & management process and benefits achieved for the project client. The paper presents a structured approach to strategically introduce BIM within a low BIM maturity market, creating partnering relationships, empower the supply chain partners and achieve significant BIM benefits with minimum disruption to existing work practices. The paper highlights that although BIM requires a step-change in the work practices of the construction industry, yet it is possible to successfully implement BIM with traditional procurement settings, which may be a critical feature in a certain market or a client requirement. The paper concludes that there is a need for case study based, practice-oriented research work within the domain of BIM implementation. Construction clients in low maturity BIM markets are concerned about the perceived benefits of BIM and its practical implementation within existing business practices, which is addressed in this paper. Overall, the findings of this study are useful for construction industry clients and academia in redefining the existing work practices to incorporate BIM-enabled processes and applications.

This case study document was written by Muhammad Tariq Shafiq, Assistant Professor at United Arab Emirates University, Department of Architectural Engineering. Muhammad Tariq Shafiq is an Architectural Engineer, and his postgraduate qualifications include an MSc in Project Management in Construction from the University of Salford, UK, a PhD from the School of Built Environment, Northumbria University. He is a member of the Pakistan Engineering Council, a Fellow of Building Research Institute UK, and a certified BIM Manager from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

The BIM Acceleration Committee (BAC) is the driving force behind BIMinNZ. They are a nationwide alliance of industry and government, established in Feb 2014 to coordinate efforts to increase the use of BIM in New Zealand. The BAC say that there is no better way to understand the benefits of BIM then to see how it has impacted real projects in the country. This site includes a series of case studies demonstrating the costs, benefits and risk management benefits of using BIM.

There are 13 case studies currently outlined on the website covering a wide range of projects, including a wastewater treatment plant, a gym, residential flats, bespoke university buildings, etc.

BIM Loket is working towards a sector in which working with BIM and open standards is the norm. As part of this they need to develop information and training related to BIM to upskill the industry and increase the capability to deliver these requirements. The BIM Loket website contains lots of information and support documentation like this short film and selection of case studies related to BIM in practice.

BIM is a collection of technical solutions to exchange construction data. But BIM is above all a new way of working together within construction and infrastructure. This resource asks, what does it actually mean to work with BIM? And what bumps should you take? And what’s in it for you? The short film “Secretly quite a big change” gives you a look behind the scenes of three large clients who have a number of years of experience with BIM. In addition to this video there are also 3 BIM case studies looking at Schiphol airport, Rotterdam and Gelderland.

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) of Hong Kong was set up with the main function of forging consensus on long-term strategic issues, conveying the industry’s needs and aspirations to Government, as well as providing a communication channel for Government to solicit advice on all construction-related matters. The CIC developed itself as a Centre of Excellence for BIM, formulating strategies for market transformation and promoting cross-discipline collaboration and wider adoption of BIM. The CIC provides support to the industry in five aspects, promotion on BIM adoption, training, standards, guidelines and specifications, BIM personnel certification and BIM courses accreditation, and BIM-related researches using the CIC Research Fund.

Global Switch Hong Kong is a design and built Data Centre project at TKO. This is a real project example and case study of BIM for Design, Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA). Global Switch Hong Kong is a project with a scope that includes substructure, superstructure, electrical and mechanical, façade, fit-out and maintenance works. It is currently the largest data centre in Hong Kong. As the main contractor, the company Gammon is responsible for all works, which are being delivered with the support of in-house expertise. The project makes full use of BIM for coordination and manufacturing, as well as handover throughout the different stages of the project’s life cycle.

The BICP (BIM Innovation Capability Programme) has pulled together a selection of case studies in order to share current knowledge and lessons learnt on BIM projects. A number of case studies, focusing on best practice affecting BIM on Irish projects in the Irish and international markets, are provided. The BICP aims to release a case study bi-monthly.

BIM case studies are grouped under the following headings:

  • Design- Focused
  • Construction Focused
  • Client/Facilities Management Focused
  • SME Focused.

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This website, updated on a quarterly basis, offers presentations of public sector’s pilot projects in the Czech Republic.

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Empresa de Desarrollo Urbano de Medellín (EDU) is a public-private urban development company geared towards improving living standards for local residents.This is made possible within sectors such as housing, through designs enabled by BIM. Out of a team of 150 members, 47 of EDU’s staff work regularly with BIM. As such, EDU are a project developer and management entity that centralizes and develops urban and architectonic projects.

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A pan-European collaboration of public sector organisations across 21 countries, this handbook was funded by the European Commission Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG-GROW) and the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), which was the lead coordinator of the programme.  

The handbook addresses the increasing challenges faced by governments and public clients to stimulate economic growth. It advocates the wider introduction of BIM to deliver better value for public money, encourage competitiveness in international markets and meet sustainability goals. Hurdles to be overcome include climate change, resource efficiency, increased demands on social care, urbanisation and immigration, and an ageing infrastructure.  

The wider adoption of BIM is set to deliver cost savings, productivity and operations efficiencies, improved infrastructure quality and better environmental performance. Governments and public procurers in Europe and around the world are recognising its benefits and potential to enhance decision making for buildings and public infrastructure across their whole lifecycle, from new projects to refurbishment of existing assets. 

A European-wide strategic approach led by governments and public sector organisations will offer leadership and create with the private sector an open digital construction market that supports the European goals and is competitive in international markets. 

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