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Comparative analysis of BIM adoption efforts by developed countries as precedent for new adopter countries.

Hamma-adama, Mansur; Kouider, Tahar


Mansur Hamma-adama


Building information modelling (BIM) adoption is generally assessed through one of two main approaches: 1) statistical evaluation of survey responses from stakeholders operating within a country or market, and 2) the use of macro BIM-adoption models and metrics. The recent paper "Macro-BIM adoption: comparative market analysis" sets the pace for continuous development of comparative market studies. However, precedent is important for continuous learning and adoption to contextualise this evolving field. This study aimed to set a unique precedent throguh comparative analysis of BIM adoption trends in the USA, UK and Australia, in order to set the pace for beginners or early BIM-adopting countries. This study is literature-based, analysed using content analysis. The study revealed the following: 1) A vibrant and evenly-distributed BIM adoption requires government involvement; 2) A government mandate facilitates wide BIM adoption and integrates a country's industry into the wider world; 3) A mandate also facilitates BIM research and training, which lead to a rise in the country's income through providing training and workforce export; 4) The dynamic of diffusion vary at different times, depending on a country's flexibility towards adoption of innovation; 5) The dynamic also changes as the industry's culture and regulation changes. Recommendations are made based on the study findings, especially with regards to the new adopter countries planning to develop a strategy for macro-BIM adoption.


HAMMA-ADAMA, M. and KOUIDER, T. 2019. Comparative analysis of BIM adoption efforts by developed countries as precedent for new adopter countries. Current journal of applied science and technology [online], 36(2), article number CJAST.49779. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 21, 2019
Online Publication Date Jun 28, 2019
Publication Date Jun 28, 2019
Deposit Date Jul 5, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jul 5, 2019
Journal Current Journal of Applied Science and Technology
Electronic ISSN 2457-1024
Publisher Science Domain International
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 36
Issue 2
Article Number CJAST.49779
Keywords Building information modelling (BIM); BIM adoption; Construction industry innovation
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