Mapping, Classifying, and Measuring the Impact of Building Information Modeling Challenges on Mid-sized Architectural Firms

By Ibrahim Abdelhady and James R. Jones.

Published by The International Journal of the Constructed Environment

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During the past few years, Building Information Modeling (BIM) started to gain acceptance within the AEC industry. But like many software products for project management, BIM currently faces significant issues that hinder its widespread use. These issues include the need for adaptation strategies to be applied to old managements, organizational and communication structures, and software development.
This paper focuses on the challenges that are currently facing BIM implementation during the Schematic Design (SD) and Design Development (DD) phase, due to the importance of these phases in making critical decisions that directly affect the building’s life cycle. Thus, this paper seeks to map these challenges and answer the following questions; what are these types of challenges that currently limit BIM implementation? How do these challenges affect BIM implementation? How far is the impact of each challenge on BIM quality?
The researcher assessed a sample of ten AEC firms to map the daily challenges they are facing while implementing BIM. The researcher has observed the day-to-day operations, team interactions and communication exchanges for a period of several weeks for each. The final outcome of this research is to identify barriers, organize the findings in terms of themes and categories, and measure the impact of these issues on the final BIM quality.

Keywords: BIM Implementation, Challenges, Schematic Design(SD), Design Development(DD), Communication Exchanges

The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 4, Issue 2, April 2014, pp.1-12. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 18, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 729.660KB)).

Dr. Ibrahim Abdelhady

Assistant Professor, Department of Construction and Architectural Engineering / College of Fine Arts | Architecture Department, American University in Cairo (AUC)/Alexandria University, Cairo/ Alexandria, Egypt

Ibrahim Abdelhady is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture, College of Fine Arts, Alexandria University. He has taught various levels of undergraduate students’ courses in computer applications and architectural design. His research is an inquiry into the impact of digital information on the architecture and construction industry. After receiving his first PhD for generative form modeling using computer, he is now a candidate for a second Ph.D. studying the adaption of Building Information Modeling (BIM) by architectural firms in the USA.

Dr. James R. Jones

Associate Professor, Department:, School of Architecture + Design, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, USA

(a) Professional Preparation University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Architecture B.Sci. 1981 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Architecture M.Arch 1983 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Architecture Ph.D. 1996 (b) Appointments 2009–Present Director–Ph.D. Program in Design Research, College of Architecture and Urban Studies, Virginia Tech 2006–2007 Consultant–US Environmental Protection Agency Center for Homeland Security 2003 to Present Director–Center for High Performance Learning Environments College of Architecture and Urban Studies Virginia Tech 1997–Present Associate Professor of Architecture, CAUS Virginia Tech 1993–1997 Assistant Professor of Architectural Engineering, North Carolina A & T State University 1983–1993 Research Associate, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.