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Status of BIM implementation in the Dominican Republic construction industry – an empirical study

Ana Karina Silverio (Faculty of Environment and Technology, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK)
Subashini Suresh (Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK)
Suresh Renukappa (Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK)
David Heesom (Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK)

Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology

ISSN: 1726-0531

Article publication date: 18 October 2021

Issue publication date: 24 March 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The increased use and proven benefits of building information modelling (BIM) worldwide suggest that its implementation could be of great help in diminishing inefficient traditional practices in the Dominican Republic (DR) construction industry. However, there is no empirical work about the implementation of BIM in the country. This study aims to critically appraise and document the status of the implementation of BIM in the DR to raise awareness and understand how BIM can be successfully implemented in the country.

Design/methodology/approach

A qualitative approach was adopted in which data was collected through semi-structured interviews, with the participation of 53 professionals from 36 construction organisations. The data collected was analysed with the method of content analysis.

Findings

The results confirmed that the DR is a BIM infant country. There are low levels of BIM implementation. The reasons why BIM is not implemented are explored, and a significant interest in implementing BIM in the future was also reported. Drivers to implement BIM include BIM benefits, competitive advantage and pressure from external partners. Current BIM approaches are mainly single-disciplinary, principally in architecture, and the effectiveness and scope of implementation are highly affected by intra-organisational and inter-organisational barriers.

Originality/value

There is a lack of research about the implementation of BIM in the DR. This study bridges this research gap by collecting primary data from Dominican construction organisations and construction professionals to report findings related to BIM implementation.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the review team for their encouragement and guidance throughout the review process. The paper has significantly benefited from their comments. The authors would also like to give their sincere thanks and appreciation to the interviewees that accepted to participate in the study.

Funding: This research received funding from the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology (MESCyT), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Citation

Silverio, A.K., Suresh, S., Renukappa, S. and Heesom, D. (2023), "Status of BIM implementation in the Dominican Republic construction industry – an empirical study", Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, Vol. 21 No. 2, pp. 417-441. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEDT-05-2021-0253

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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