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Game evolution analysis of BIM application willingness of prefabricated construction parties

Chi Zhang (Xihua University, Chengdu, China)
Kun He (Xihua University, Chengdu, China)
Wenjie Zhang (Xihua University, Chengdu, China)
Ting Jin (Chengdu Urban Investment Land (Group) Co., Ltd., Chengdu, China)
Yibin Ao (Chengdu University of Technology, Chengdu, China)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 6 February 2024




To further promote application of BIM technology in construction of prefabricated buildings, influencing factors and evolution laws of willingness to apply BIM technology are explored from the perspective of willingness of participants.


In this paper, a tripartite game model involving the design firm, component manufacturer and construction firm is constructed and a system dynamics method is used to explore the influencing factors and game evolution path of three parties' application of BIM technology, from three perspectives, cost, benefit and risk.


The government should formulate measures for promoting the application of BIM according to different BIM application willingness of the parties. When pursuing deeper BIM application, the design firm should pay attention to reducing the speculative benefits of the component manufacturer and the construction firm. The design firm and the component manufacturer should pay attention to balancing the cost and benefit of the design firm while enhancing collaborative efforts. When the component manufacturer and the construction firm cooperate closely, it is necessary to pay attention to balanced distribution of interests of both parties and lower the risk of BIM application.


This study fills a research gap by comprehensively investigating the influencing factors and game evolution paths of willingness of the three parties to apply BIM technology to prefabricated buildings. The research helps to effectively improve the building quality and construction efficiency, and is expected to contribute to the sustainability of built environment in the context of circular economy in China.



Zhang, C., He, K., Zhang, W., Jin, T. and Ao, Y. (2024), "Game evolution analysis of BIM application willingness of prefabricated construction parties", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.



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