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Awareness and challenges of building information modelling (BIM) implementation in the Yemen construction industry

Yaser Gamil (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Batu Pahat, Malaysia)
Ismail Abd Rahman Rahman (Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Batu Pahat, Malaysia)

Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology

ISSN: 1726-0531

Publication date: 10 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to investigate the awareness of construction practitioners of the adoption of building information modeling (BIM) and identification of the dominant challenges of implementing BIM in the life cycle of a construction project.

Design/methodology/approach

This study was sequentially conducted in the following in three main phases: a preliminary study of archival literature, where a rigorous study of the literature was conducted to identify the challenges of adopting BIM in the construction industry which was to be applied later to the challenges in the case of the Yemen construction industry; data collection, where data were collected using a questionnaire survey targeting 123 Yemeni construction practitioners working in managerial and technical levels; and data analysis, where data were analyzed using descriptive analysis by calculating the average index and standard deviations. The data were analyzed using the SPSS software.

Findings

The results show that the most critical challenges to adopt BIM are financial restrictions, lack of BIM knowledge, improper introduction of BIM concepts, lack of awareness of BIM benefits and no governmental enforcement. The study recommends policymakers and construction players to consider the challenges for a better introduction of BIM in the Yemen construction industry.

Research limitations/implications

This research focuses on the awareness and challenges of implementing BIM in the Yemen construction industry.

Practical implications

The findings of this study will help policymakers develop more constructive strategies to reduce the challenges and introduce governmental agendas towards the widespread use of the BIM concept and technology in the Yemen construction industry. The study suggested an in-depth investigation into the current curriculum in the Yemen universities and recommended the introduction of BIM concept in engineering courses.

Social implications

This study focused on the challenges of implementing BIM and the role of the social aspect in the issue.

Originality/value

From the extensive review of previous findings, this paper concentrates on the challenged to the implementation of BIM in the Yemen construction industry. There are lack of investigative studies that focus on the introduction of new technologies to advance the Yemen construction sector. Therefore, the findings help the authority to diagnose and address the sources of these challenges and introduce new solutions to the industry.

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Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge the financial support provided by the Ministry of Higher Education, Yemen, and also express gratitude to the University Tun Hussein Onn for providing research facilities. Appreciation is also expressed to construction experts for enthusiastically answering the study questionnaire.

Citation

Gamil, Y. and Rahman, I.A.R. (2019), "Awareness and challenges of building information modelling (BIM) implementation in the Yemen construction industry", Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, Vol. 17 No. 5, pp. 1077-1084. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEDT-03-2019-0063

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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