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Empirical study of BIM implementation–based perceptions among Chinese practitioners

Jin, Ruoyu; Hancock, Craig; Tang, Llewellyn; Chen, Chao; Wanatowski, Dariusz; Yang, Lin

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Ruoyu Jin

Craig Hancock

Llewellyn Tang

Transitional Assistant Professor

Dariusz Wanatowski

Lin Yang


The global movement of building information modeling (BIM) is spreading the implementation of BIM from developed countries to other developing countries. Practitioners’ perceptions of BIM implementation in these developing countries, such as China, a giant building market that is increasing the application of BIM in the industry, have not been thoroughly understood. This research used the questionnaire method to survey 94 randomly recruited Chinese BIM professionals to investigate BIM practice and its related perceptions. Reductions in design errors and resultant construction rework were considered the top benefits of using BIM. The most important factor in achieving BIM value was noted as interoperability among various BIM tools. A comprehensive evaluation of BIM at the company level was considered a major difficulty of implementing BIM. The owner was considered the party that received the most benefits from BIM. Subgroup differences based on two major categories (i.e., participants’ profession and BIM proficiency level) were analyzed in the survey sections related to BIM implementation. Statistical analysis revealed that, generally, neither the profession nor BIM proficiency level affected participants’ perceptions of the benefits, factors, challenges, or benefited parties in BIM implementation.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 6, 2017
Publication Date Sep 12, 2017
Deposit Date Jul 20, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jul 20, 2018
Journal Journal of Management in Engineering
Print ISSN 0742-597X
Electronic ISSN 1943-5479
Publisher American Society of Civil Engineers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 33
Issue 5
Keywords Building information modeling; AEC; Interoperability; Subgroup differences; Statistical analysis; Developing countries
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