Diffusion of Building Information Modeling Functions in A/E/C Industry

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Diffusion of Building Information Modeling Functions in A/E/C Industry

Building Information Modeling (BIM) has restructured much of the construction industry by encouraging collaboration between various disciplines. However, due to a lack of common financial benchmarking for various BIM functions (clash detection, 4D modeling, facility management, energy analysis, et.), decisions regarding adopting BIM functions are usually made based on market pressure or on a manager’s intuition. While larger firms can afford such a trial-and-error process, the cost burden on small- to medium-sized firms is significant. Therefore, our work assembles the tacit knowledge of established BIM users into a simple algorithm to help new BIM users understand the advantages and disadvantages of implementing BIM functions in a project. The findings of our study contribute to both academia and practice: Research can use our results to benchmark their future studies, and practitioners can use our decision-making algorithm to select an appropriate BIM function for their projects.