Development of a benchmarking model for BIM implementation in developing countries

Timothy O. Olawumi, Daniel W.M. Chan

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore building information modeling (BIM) implementation and practices in developed economies by developing a benchmarking model that will enhance BIM adoption and implementation in developing countries. Design/methodology/approach: The research design adopted a qualitative approach which includes the desktop review of the extant literature as well as case study reviews of ten BIM projects using an explanatory case study technique to form the foundation upon which the study proposed the model. The moving basis heuristics technique was adopted to develop the scoring system. Findings: The BIM benchmarking model and assessment template were developed which consisted of three-level concepts modeled to aid project organizations and project team in developing countries to assess and score the level of improvement and implementation of BIM in a project. A desktop review of BIM projects in developed countries demonstrated the significant improvements and benefits possible through the implementation of the established BIM benchmarking model. Practical implications: The assessment template in conjunction with the benchmarking model is useful for a comparative evaluation of similar BIM projects and benchmarking purposes. The study also discussed how current findings extends and contradicts previous findings. Originality/value: The findings have provided policymakers, construction stakeholders and professional bodies in the construction industry in developing countries with valuable insights and counter-intuitive perspective that could facilitate the uptake of BIM in construction projects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1210-1232
Number of pages23
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2019


  • Assessment template
  • Benchmarking model
  • BIM
  • Developing countries
  • Innovative strategies
  • Scoring system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management


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