Constructing a BIM Climate-Based Framework: Regional Case Study in China

Jie Xu, Ruoyu Jin, Poorang Piroozfar, Yibin Wang, Byung Gyoo Kang, Liang Ma, Dariusz Wanatowski, Tong Yang

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BIM has been undergoing continuous growth in the global architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. However, knowledge development within BIM management is lagging behind its implementation. This study initiates a BIM management-based framework involving BIM climate, which is measured by individual BIM practitioners' perceptions. Subgroup comparison is highlighted in measuring perceptions. Regional variance in BIM climate is addressed in applying the framework by adopting an empirical case study within the context of China's AEC industry. The case study uses Shanghai and Wenzhou, which represent a BIM-leading metropolitan city and a BIM-developing counterpart, respectively, for the comparative analysis of BIM climate. Based on data collected from a questionnaire survey sent to BIM practitioners from these two cities, it is revealed that Shanghai, as the BIM-leading city in China, has somewhat significant differences in BIM climate compared with Wenzhou. For example, Shanghai BIM practitioners perceive fewer challenges in BIM training, but higher risk in adopting BIM technology. This study contributes to both academic work and practice in BIM based on its initiation of the concept of BIM climate and the case study of BIM-climate comparison. Academically, this holistic study proposes the BIM management-related knowledge framework aiming to fill the knowledge gap in BIM climate and culture, and it could be further applied in subclimates and subcultures within BIM. Practically, the case study provides insights to stakeholders regarding regional variations in BIM climate when promoting BIM practice or establishing BIM guidelines.

Original languageEnglish
Article number04018105
JournalJournal of Construction Engineering and Management - ASCE
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2018


  • Analogical study
  • BIM climate
  • BIM culture
  • BIM management
  • Building information modelling (BIM)
  • Digital technologies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Industrial relations
  • Strategy and Management


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