Government roles in implementing building information modelling systems: Comparison between Hong Kong and the United States

Kam Din Wong, Kwan Wah Wong, Abid Nadeem

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Purpose Building information modelling (BIM) is a paradigm shift in the architectural, engineering and construction industries which transforms processes to achieve greater efficiency and effectiveness. The purpose of this paper is to highlight the implementation of BIM in Hong Kong and the USA and recommend strategies for BIM implementation in Hong Kong. Design/methodology/ approach A literature review of BIM initiatives taken in Hong Kong and the USA was conducted including the government policy, guidelines, standards and implementation status. Findings from the literature review were complemented with insights obtained through focused interviews of experts in the field for arriving at recommendations based on the research. The principal investigator of this research also participated in the establishment of a BIM professional institute as one of the founding board members. Findings As a result of studies performed for this paper, guidelines are proposed for BIM implementation in Hong Kong. The role of government in implementing BIM in different phases of a project lifecycle is also highlighted. Research limitations/implications The research is limited mainly to the initiatives of BIM taken by the public sector (government). The roles of other stakeholders are not specifically studied. Results from this study should be considered in the context of a qualitative research methodology adopted and the limited number of responses obtained for arriving at the findings of this paper. Practical implications Results from this study can be used as guidelines for the implementation of BIM elsewhere and this implementation can be compared with other countries. Originality/value This paper highlights the best practices of BIM implementation, which is useful for the effective and efficient implementation of BIM in Hong Kong.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-76
Number of pages16
JournalConstruction Innovation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 30 May 2011


  • Government policy
  • Hong Kong
  • Information modelling
  • United States of America
  • Virtual work

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • General Computer Science
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction


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