Critical success factors for implementing building information modeling and sustainability practices in construction projects: A Delphi survey

Timothy O. Olawumi, Daniel W.M. Chan

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The research study aims to explore and assess the critical success factors (CSFs) that can amplify the integration of building information modeling (BIM) and sustainability practices in construction projects. Delphi survey technique was employed to solicit the perceptions of experts on the 30 identified CSFs by means of a two-round Delphi survey. The expert panel responses were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistical tools. The key drivers identified in the study are related to people-centric, and data and technology-centric interventions in the built environment. Crucial deductions were formed on the basis of a comparative analysis of the expert groups. The study's findings have provided valuable lessons for local authorities, policymakers, and project stakeholders to strengthen the drive for achieving full adoption of green BIM initiatives. The study has also provided effective recommendations for increasing the uptake of BIM and sustainability practices in the construction industry, and has contributed to the existing body of knowledge about smart urbanization and hands-on practice in the built environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)587-602
Number of pages16
JournalSustainable Development
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019


  • BIM
  • construction projects
  • critical success factors
  • Delphi survey
  • sustainability
  • sustainable smart city

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Development

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