Building Information Modelling (BIM) : a summary of some UK experiences as guide to adoption in Nigeria

Munir, MY ORCID: and Jeffery, H 2013, Building Information Modelling (BIM) : a summary of some UK experiences as guide to adoption in Nigeria , in: Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors: First Annual Research Conference - AnReCon, September 3–6 2013, Abuja, Nigeria.

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Building information modelling (BIM) is a term that has been echoed around the world by researchers and practitioners alike. This is a new methodology (essentially electronic capture and focussed, timely distribution of relevant data) of project delivery that improves efficiency and quality of work. Although the word 'building' is used, BIM is equally applicable to civil engineering, utilities and infrastructure projects. Also, the word 'modelling' applies to the broad spectrum of process application not simply models produced by 3d software packages. The most important element in BIM is the 'information' and its beneficial capture and repeat usage. Every sector of the world economy is just looking for ways to produce more with fewer resources or making best use of the resources available. This paradigm shift has brought about the adoption of BIM in the construction industry. This paper will define BIM in simple terms; highlight its benefits and barriers; rationalise its workability, maturity levels and general ideas that it is based upon. The paper will also articulate some actual experiences from the UK at both the government and organisational level and the challenges overcome and some benefits achieved. Just like any other technology or methodology, BIM relies on collaboration for its successful implementation. This collaboration will create an avenue for construction teams to produce and make use of consistent unambiguous information, which will improve the overall efficiency in project delivery. For many people the question still remains. Will this be a solution to the all the problems in the industry? Or will it only solve particular problems? Just like every technology using it correctly will definitely yield benefits. Governments in many countries have recognised the usefulness of BIM and have intervened to make its implementation possible. As a developing country, Nigeria should not be far from making such efforts. There is need for construction industry to take proactive steps to overcome its problems. BIM implementation may not be a panacea to all the problems in the construction industry but it will surely make it better. Construction professionals may look at this idea with scepticism echoed, although it is now being overcome in countries adopting BIM. The earlier they realise that BIM will be the future of the industry the better.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Journal or Publication Title: Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors 1st Annual Research Conference - AnReCon, 3rd to 5th September 2013
Publisher: Ahmadu Bello University Press
ISBN: 9789789344468
Depositing User: Mustapha Munir
Date Deposited: 27 May 2020 14:30
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 04:37

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