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Roadmap for implementation of BIM in the UK construction industry

Farzad Khosrowshahi (School of the Built Environment and Engineering, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK)
Yusuf Arayici (School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, Salford, UK)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 9 November 2012




Building information modelling (BIM) implementation is a major change management task, involving diversity of risk areas. The identification of the challenges and barriers is therefore an imperative precondition of this change process. This paper aims to diagnose UK's construction industry to develop a clear understanding about BIM adoption and to form an imperative step of consolidating collective movements towards wider BIM implementation and to provide strategies and recommendations for the UK construction industry for BIM implementation.


Through comprehensive literature review, the paper initially establishes BIM maturity concept, which paves the way for the analysis via qualitative and quantitative methods: interviews are carried out with high profile organisations in Finland to gauge the best practice before combining the results with the analysis of survey questionnaire amongst the major contractors in the UK.


The results are established in the form of the initial phase of a sound BIM implementation guidance at strategic and operational levels. The findings suggest three structured patterns to systematically tackle technology, process and people issues in BIM implementation. These are organisational culture, education and training, and information management. The outcome is expressed as a roadmap for the implementation of BIM in the UK entailing issues that require consideration for organisations to progress on the BIM maturity ladder.

Practical implications

It paves a solid foundation for organisations to make informed decisions in BIM adaptation within the overall organisation structure.


This research consolidates collective movements towards wider implementation of BIM in the UK and forms a base for developing a sound BIM strategy and guidance.



Khosrowshahi, F. and Arayici, Y. (2012), "Roadmap for implementation of BIM in the UK construction industry", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 19 No. 6, pp. 610-635.



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