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Implementation of building information modeling (BIM) in construction: a comparative case study

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posted on 21.01.2013, 13:36 by Steve Rowlinson, Ronan Collins, Martin Tuuli, Yunyan Jia
Building Information Modeling (BIM) approach is increasingly adopted in coordination of construction projects, with a number of parties providing BIM services and software solutions. However, the empirical impact of BIM on construction industry has yet to be investigated. This paper explores the interaction between BIM and the construction industry during its implementation, with a specific focus on the empirical impacts of BIM on the design and construction processes and professional roles during the process. Two cases were selected from recent construction projects coordinated with BIM systems: the Venetian Casino project in Macau and the Cathy Pacific Cargo Terminal project in Hong Kong. The former case illustrates how the conflicts emerged during the design process and procurement were addressed by adopting a BIM approach. The latter demonstrates how the adoption of BIM altered the roles of architect, contractor, and sub‐contractors involved in the project. The impacts of BIM were critically reviewed and discussed.



  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering


ROWLINSON, S. ... et al., 2010. Implementation of building information modeling (BIM) in construction: a comparative case study. AIP Conference Proceedings, 1233 (PART 1), pp. 572 - 577.


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This paper was presented at the 2nd International Symposium on Computational Mechanics / 12th International Conference on the Enhancement and Promotion of Computational Methods in Engineering and Science, 30 November – 3 December 2009, Hong Kong-Macau, China. Copyright 2010 American Institute of Physics. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the American Institute of Physics. The definitive version is available at: