BIM Implementation: Articulating the Hurdles in Developing Countries

Samuel A. Adekunle, Clinton Aigbavboa, Obuks Ejohwomu

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BIM has become the leading topic of discussion in the construction industry globally. BIM provides limitless opportunities revolving around efficiency; thus, researchers have subjected it to continuous research in order to harness all inherent benefits for the construction process and product. However, the widening gap in BIM adoption between developing and industrialized countries is alarming. While industrialized nations are researching a higher level of BIM adoption and the exploration of BIM to access boundaries yet unknown, developing countries are battling with creating awareness for 2D and 3D BIM category tools. Hence this study to articulate the hurdles to successful BIM implementation in developing countries. This was achieved through an exploratory research design. Semi- structured interviews were conducted. The interview was transcripted and analyzed using Atlas.ti 8. The study established the hurdles to BIM execution as under five themes: policy, culture, education, transparency, and infrastructure. Specific recommendations for crossing these hurdles were also provided in the paper. Nevertheless, achieving full BIM adoption in developing countries fundamentally requires stakeholder's synergy, the transparency that assures shared data integrity, developing dynamic capability, and a complete shift from the traditional model of project administration.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th International Conference on Innovative Production and Construction (IPC 2020)
Subtitle of host publicationThe Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 7 Dec 2020


  • BIM adoption
  • BIM barriers
  • BIM competitive advantage
  • BIM hurdles
  • BIM infrastructure
  • BIM implementation
  • construction industry culture


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