Exploring the Adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in the Jordanian Construction IndustryRana T Matarneh1* and Sadeq A Hamed2
- *Corresponding Author:
- Matarneh RT
Architecture Engineering Department
Faculty of Architecture and Design
Al-Ahliyya Amman University
19328 Amman, Jordan
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: March 10, 2017; Accepted Date: March 15, 2017; Published Date: March 21, 2017
Citation: Matarneh RT, Hamed SA (2017) Exploring the Adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in the Jordanian Construction Industry. J Archit Eng Tech 6: 189. doi: 10.4172/2168-9717.1000189
Copyright: © 2017 Matarneh RT, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
In the last decade, construction industry has witnessed a huge transformation in term of the use of digital technologies, and particularly Building Information Modelling (BIM). BIM is a revolutionary digital technology and process that is reshaping the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry. Though, internationally, BIM has gained a great reputation for boosting productivity in AEC industry, but it holds undeveloped possibilities for providing and supporting AEC industry in Jordan. This study aims at assessing adoption of BIM within the construction industry in Jordan. To achieve this objective, the research commenced by carrying out an intensive literature reviews on the implementation of BIM world-wide, which was utilised to identify the benefits, and challenges of BIM in construction industry. An exploratory study was then conducted using an on-line survey to identify the current level of BIM experience, and to define the perceived value, benefits and challenges facing BIM implementation. Findings reveal that the adoption and implementation of BIM in Jordan is still in a very primitive phase and it faces number of critical barriers such as, but not restricted to, the absence of government incentives, the lack of BIM standards, lack of BIM awareness, lack of BIM training, cost and resistance to change. It concludes recommendations for how the industry shall adopt BIM and integrate it within construction industry's all processes. Highlighting the synergy between the two, this paper can help AEC practitioners in Jordan recognize potential areas in which BIM can be useful in AEC practise.