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Factors affecting BIM application in China: a social network model

Shuangliang Tai (School of Civil Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China)
Yao Zhang (Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China)
Ting Li (Shanghai Institute of Technology, Shanghai, China)

Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology

ISSN: 1726-0531

Article publication date: 5 August 2020

Issue publication date: 7 April 2021

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to promote the application of building information modeling (BIM) in China’s construction industry, key factors and their relationships are explored.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on a literature review, 28 factors were extracted and their relationships (239 in total) obtained using the Delphi method. A social network model of the factors was constructed and factors were analyzed using social network analysis (SNA).

Findings

The top 10 key factors and their relationships were obtained using SNA. Among the top 10 critical factors, six were source factors. They were: training for the application of BIM, guidance from experts, proper management modes, efficient BIM teams, specifications and demonstrations and standards for building information communication. The other four factors included as follows: a willingness to accept BIM, knowledge of its value and benefits, the definition of its benefits and the availability of IT software and hardware. These were mediating factors that could further the influence of the source factors.

Originality/value

The results provide useful information for public agencies and professionals to understand the immediate and mediating influences of the factors on the application of BIM. Solutions and future efforts for different participants are presented to promote the application of BIM-based on the key factors and their relationships.

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Citation

Tai, S., Zhang, Y. and Li, T. (2021), "Factors affecting BIM application in China: a social network model", Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, Vol. 19 No. 2, pp. 373-384. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEDT-12-2019-0330

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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