Bridging BIM and building: From a literature review to an integrated conceptual framework

Ke Chen, Weisheng Lu*, Yi Peng, Steve Rowlinson, George Q. Huang

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A Building Information Model (BIM) is at risk of being 'blind and deaf' if its contained information cannot be synchronized with ongoing building processes in a real-time manner. Previous studies have attempted to explore solutions to the problem, with a view to making BIM a more useful decision-support system. However, an integrated conceptual framework summarizing these studies and structuring future development in the area is missing. Based on an ex post facto critical review of 75 papers of this kind published over the past decade, this paper proposes a conceptual framework for bridging BIM and building (BBB), which highlights the importance of synchronizing information between BIM and real-life building processes. The framework is further illustrated through a case study of prefabricated housing construction in Hong Kong. With this integrated conceptual framework, future research on BBB can proceed on a more solid footing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1405-1416
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Project Management
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2015
Externally publishedYes


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