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BIM for client organisations: a continuous improvement approach

Mubarak Al Ahbabi (Department of the President’s Affairs, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
Mustafa Alshawi (School of Built Environment, University of Salford, Salford, UK)

Construction Innovation

ISSN: 1471-4175

Article publication date: 5 October 2015




The purpose of this paper is to propose a continuous improvement approach for clients to improve their performance and to maximise the benefits gained from building information modelling (BIM) over time. The role of client organisations is considered to be very important to accelerate the implementation of BIM. To do this, they need to clearly understand the implementation mechanisms; determine the level of change required within their organisations; and evaluate how best they can achieve this change. The paper’s concept is based on identifying BIM requirements and documenting them in an Employer Information Requirements (EIR) document based on their capability and maturity to deliver and manage BIM.


The continuous improvement approach is based on introducing gradual details to the client’s EIR, depending on the capability and maturity of the client organisation and their supply chain. The approach uses BSI B/555 maturity levels as a baseline for improvement.


A structured approach for client organisations is presented. This helps them to gradually improve their performance towards BIM implementation, taking into consideration their capability and maturity level.


The proposed approach is new to industry and could contribute to the efforts of the industry in reaching higher BSI B/555 maturity levels with minimal risks.



Al Ahbabi, M. and Alshawi, M. (2015), "BIM for client organisations: a continuous improvement approach", Construction Innovation, Vol. 15 No. 4, pp. 402-408.



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