BIM in construction production: Gains and hinders for firms, projects and industry
Paper in proceeding, 2020

The construction industry strives to implement digitalization and Building Information Modelling (BIM). Studies of BIM in construction claim that a pronounced BIM strategy, knowledge of the subject and a willingness to change are important factors to succeed, but even when such conditions are in place, BIM implementation in construction production is scant and has limited impact. So how should the construction industry go from grand digital visions to practical application in reality? By identifying gains, obstacles and success factors on company, project and sector levels the paper aims to set out a road map for successful BIM implementation in construction production. Data sets, both qualitative and quantitative from eleven studies of using BIM in construction production, show that although the industry is making progresses in implementing BIM and digitalization, the full potential is far from realised. Specifically, the research presents an analysis of factors in relation to (1) strategy and innovation, (2) technology, (3) organizing, and (4) ecosystem. Conclusively, all these levels are strongly interdependent and need to be considered by adopting a holistic approach to reach an enhanced implementation.


Viktoria Sundquist

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Construction Management

Alessio Domenico Leto

Polytechnic University of Milan

Mathias Petter Gustafsson

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Construction Management

Mikael Johansson

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Construction Management

Mattias Roupé

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Construction Management

Proceedings of the 36th Annual ARCOM Conference (ARCOM 2020)

Vol. 2020 505-514
978-099554633-2 (ISBN)

36th Annual Conference on Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2020
Virtual; online, United Kingdom,

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Construction Management

Environmental Analysis and Construction Information Technology

Areas of Advance

Information and Communication Technology




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