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Implementation of augmented reality in BIM-enabled construction projects: a bibliometric literature review and a case study from China

Kaiyang Wang (Department of Civil Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, China and Department of Civil Engineering and Industrial Design, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK)
Fangyu Guo (Department of Civil Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, China)
Ruijia Zhou (Technology Business Center, Onsight Technology (Shanghai) Co. Ltd, Shanghai, China)
Liang Qian (Freudenberg Regional Corporate Center Asia, Freudenberg Management (Shanghai) Co. Ltd, Shanghai, China)

Construction Innovation

ISSN: 1471-4175

Article publication date: 7 March 2023

Issue publication date: 14 June 2024




In recent years, augmented reality (AR) has shown its potential to assist various construction activities. Its use commonly requires additional refinement to be integrated into the building information modeling (BIM) process. Nevertheless, few studies have investigated AR implementation in BIM-enabled projects because of numerous challenges related to its implementation. This study aims to investigate the implementation of AR in construction and identify the critical mechanisms for implementing BIM-AR successfully.


A mixed methodology was adopted for this study. First, this work presents a bibliometric analysis covering articles obtained from Scopus database published between 2000 and 2022. A sample size of 65 research papers pertinent to AR in construction was analyzed using VOSviewer software. Second, a participatory case study was conducted for a BIM-enabled project in China to gain insight into how BIM-AR implementation in construction is achieved.


The findings from the bibliometric analysis show an increasing interest in AR research within construction. The results indicate that AR research focuses on four clusters: real-time communication, project management, construction activities and education. Findings from the case study provide an empirical experience of AR application scenarios in a BIM-enabled project. Concomitantly, 15 critical success factors that influence BIM-AR implementation were finally identified and demonstrated.


This study provides a rich insight into the understanding and awareness of implementing AR. First, the findings are beneficial to construction practitioners and researchers because they provide a concentrated perspective of AR for emerging activities in the construction industry. Second, the results obtained from the case study could provide a useful guide for effectively implementing AR in a BIM-enabled construction project. Overall, this study may stimulate further research on AR-related studies in construction, such as BIM integration, factor analysis and construction education.



The authors would like to appreciate the support from Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University under the research projects REF-21-01-006 and PGRS1906023.

Disclosure statement: The authors reported no potential conflict of interest.


Wang, K., Guo, F., Zhou, R. and Qian, L. (2024), "Implementation of augmented reality in BIM-enabled construction projects: a bibliometric literature review and a case study from China", Construction Innovation, Vol. 24 No. 4, pp. 1085-1116.



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