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BIM and the small construction firm: a critical perspective

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posted on 06.03.2017, 11:03 by Andrew Dainty, Roine Leiringer, Scott Fernie, Chris F. Harty
The need for technological and administrative innovation is a recurrent theme in the UK construction reform agenda, but generic improvement recipes are beginning to give way to a more focused prescription; Building Information Modelling (BIM). The current strategy is to mandate the use of BIM for government projects as a way of integrating the design, construction and operation of publically procured buildings. This aspiration represents a partial turn away from a focus on managerialist agendas towards a belief in the power of digital practices to achieve the aspiration of integrated working, collaboration and innovation, a trend that is being reflected globally in relation to both national and firm-level policy interventions. In this paper we subject this ‘BIM revolution’ to critical scrutiny. By drawing on theories of the digital divide we develop a critical discourse around the ways in which political reform agendas centred on BIM might not stimulate innovation on a wider scale, but could act to disenfranchise small firms who are unable (or unwilling) to engage with them. This critical analysis presents important new research questions around the technocratic optimism which pervades the current reform discourse, the trajectory of industry development that it creates, and the policy process itself.

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School

  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

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Building Research and Information

Citation

DAINTY, A.R.J. ...et al., 2017. BIM and the small construction firm: a critical perspective. Building Research and Information, 45 (6), pp. 696-709.

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© Taylor & Francis

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

07/02/2017

Publication date

2017

Notes

An earlier version of this paper was presented at the EPOC Conference 2015. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Building Research and Information on 1 March 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09613218.2017.1293940.

ISSN

0961-3218

eISSN

1466-4321

Language

en

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