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Paper lc3-2017-051:
Prevalent Issues in BIM-Based Construction Projects

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Rahimi A. Rahman and Steven K. Ayer

Prevalent Issues in BIM-Based Construction Projects

Abstract: Adopting Building Information Modelling (BIM) can result in various potential benefits. Previous research has identified challenges related to implementing BIM in construction projects. However, such studies may not demonstrate the regularity of those challenges in different construction projects. Understanding the prevalent challenges in BIM-based construction projects can assist in educating students on the prospective challenges in their upcoming projects. This research analyses issue logs from an electrical contractor to answer the following questions: (1) What are the prevalent issues that occur in BIM-based construction projects? (2) What are the dominant causes of issues in BIM-based construction projects? Both qualitative and quantitative approaches are used to analyse the logs. The qualitative analysis involves performing thematic analysis to identify the themes of issues and causes of issues. Conversely, the quantitative analysis involves grouping and counting the logs using those themes to determine the prevalent issues and dominant cause of issues. The results suggest that the common causes of issues in the projects are people and process rather than technology. This research adds to the body of knowledge by determining the prevalent issues of BIM-based construction projects as well as the dominant causes of issues by analysing issue logs across different construction projects.

Keywords: Building Information Modelling (BIM), Construction Projects, Issues and Challenges, Issue Logs, Thematic Analysis

DOI: https://doi.org/10.24928/JC3-2017/0051

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