Date of Award

Spring 2015

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Building and Construction Management


Building Construction Management

First Advisor

Hazar Nicholas Dib

Second Advisor

Yi Jiang

Committee Chair

Hazar Nicholas Dib

Committee Co-Chair

Yi Jiang

Committee Member 1

Emad Elwakil


While the Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology has been seen as next revolutionary technology for the Architectural, Engineering, Construction and Facility Management (AEC/FM) fields, the AEC/FM industry does not implement BIM technology on the cost estimating practices as widely as expected. The efficiency improvement on cost estimating with BIM could be accomplished through automating quantity take-offs, closely collaborating design with the estimating professionals and so on. This research explores the advantages and barriers of imbedding BIM technology into the estimating practices which enables the industry deepen their understandings on BIM-based cost estimation method. This study also compares the industry perceptions of BIM and BIM estimates technology between the U.S. and China. By conducting the comparison between these two countries, differences on their respective AEC/FM organization business model, BIM experience, BIM estimates experience, BIM applications and software are identified. It is the author's intent to provide the Chinese building professionals with new insights into the future strategies of the BIM development in China by learning from the U.S. BIM experience.