Title: Professionals' perception towards using building information modelling (BIM) in the highway and infrastructure projects

Authors: Khaled Shaaban; Abid Nadeem

Addresses: Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, Qatar University, P.O. Box 2713, Doha, Qatar ' Department of Civil Engineering, School of Engineering, Nazarbayev University, 53 Kabanbay Batyr Avenue, Astana 010000, Republic of Kazakhstan

Abstract: Stakeholders of highway and infrastructure project projects are turning to ground-breaking technologies, such as building information modelling (BIM), to help reduce time and improve cost efficiency, without compromising the quality of their projects and the environment. These stakeholders are public agencies officials, project managers, transportation engineers and contractors. The purpose of this paper is to explore the implementation characteristics of BIM in these projects. The benefits and applications of BIM with a focus on highway and infrastructure projects are reviewed. The BIM attributes based on the content analysis of the various BIM definitions are identified and analysed. The transportation practitioners' perspective towards BIM is obtained and the readiness of the industry for the BIM implementation is assessed through a questionnaire survey among transportation professionals and contractors in the Arabian Gulf region. It was found that the benefits of BIM are now being realised in the highway and infrastructure projects.

Keywords: BIM; building information modelling; highway projects; infrastructure projects; Arabian Gulf region; professional perceptions; engineering management; transport professionals; contractors.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEME.2015.072564

International Journal of Engineering Management and Economics, 2015 Vol.5 No.3/4, pp.273 - 289

Accepted: 13 Apr 2015
Published online: 19 Oct 2015 *

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