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ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 108
Edited by: J. Kruis, Y. Tsompanakis and B.H.V. Topping
Paper 180

The Reality of BIM Implementation in European Design Practice

G. Lacanna1 and M. Phiri2

1Department of Architecture, Centre for Healthcare Architecture, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden
2School of Architecture, Sheffield University, United Kingdom

Full Bibliographic Reference for this paper
G. Lacanna, M. Phiri, "The Reality of BIM Implementation in European Design Practice", in J. Kruis, Y. Tsompanakis, B.H.V. Topping, (Editors), "Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Conference on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Computing", Civil-Comp Press, Stirlingshire, UK, Paper 180, 2015. doi:10.4203/ccp.108.180
Keywords: BIM, architecture, healthcare, building, modelling, statistics.

Engaging in the BIM experience as a whole is much harder than is usually believed. Adopting a BIM approach, encompasses a change of management policy within the structure of the practices involved in the process. Having a clear organisational structure supports the efficiency of the communication. It affects its success. Very little research has been conducted on effective BIM implementation.

This papers established the nature of BIM implementation. Eleven crucial issues worldwide provide the basis for the statistically controlled survey conducted across some of the biggest North-western European architectural practices, known to be BIM advocates and operating in the healthcare industry.

The level of BIM implementation, based on eleven independent variables and their single implementation, proves to be below the level stated by the companies observed. The acronym BIM should not be synonymous with marketing campaigns. The outcomes of the study, presented in this paper, provide an opportunity to critically reflect on the requirements needed to reach an efficient level of implementation of the BIM platform in architectural practices. A clear organisational structure of the design team with a BIM manager that only acts as a coordinator among the overall design team, as well as the different external stakeholders involved in the BIM platform is highly recommended.

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