Guo, X., Tian, C., Xiao, J., Chen, Y., & Zhang, J. (2021). Life cycle integration of building information modeling in infrastructure projects (Joint Transportation Research Program Publication No. FHWA/IN/JTRP-2021/30). West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University. https://doi.org/10.5703/1288284317356
Building Information Modeling (BIM) can provide solutions to many challenges of asset management, such as missing data, incompatible software, and an unclear business process. However, current implementation of BIM in infrastructure projects has only considers limited factors, such as technology application and digital information delivery, while issues of system compatibility and information needs are still missing. Different aspects of a business are interdependent and an incompatible development of various factors might result in different levels of BIM implementation or even project failure. Comprehensive research is needed to explore the key factors and challenges of BIM implementation in infrastructure projects. This study conducted interviews and surveys with key stakeholders of infrastructure projects to explore the challenges and potential solutions of BIM implementation. Interviews were conducted with 37 professionals and surveys were conducted with 102 professional stakeholders, including owners, designers, contractors, and software vendors. Four main factors, challenges, and potential solutions were identified from content analysis of the interviews and further validated by the surveys. These factors include process factor (when), technology factor (how), people factor (who), and information factor (what). Corresponding solutions are proposed to refine the current workflow and practices.
building information modeling, transportation infrastructure, challenges, surveys, interviews, industry foundation classes, model view definition
Joint Transportation Research Program
Indiana Department of Transportation
West Lafayette, IN
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