ITcon Vol. 22, pg. 1-15, http://www.itcon.org/2017/1

An investigation into the implementation of Building Information Modeling in the Middle East

submitted:July 2016
revised:November 2016
published:January 2017
editor(s):Turk Ž.
authors:Michael Gerges
School of Civil and Building, Loughborough University, LE11 3TU, United Kingdom;
Michael.gerges@lboro.ac.uk

Steve Austin
Civil and Structural Engineering, Coventry University, CV1 5FB, United Kingdom;
Aa2373@coventry.ac.uk

Mohammad Mayouf
School of Engineering and the Built Environment, Birmingham City University, B4 7XG, United Kingdom;
Mohammad.mayouf@bcu.ac.uk

Ograbe Ahiakwo
Civil and Structural Engineering, Coventry University, CV1 5FB, United Kingdom;
Ograbe.ahiakwo@gmail.com

Martin Jaeger
School of Engineering, Australian College of Kuwait, Mishref, Kuwait
m.jaeger@ack.edu.kw

Amr Saad
BIM Implementation Consultant, BIM PROJECTS, Egypt
amrsaad@bimprojects.net

Tamer-El Gohary
Senior BIM and planning engineer, ASGC, UAE
Tamer_algohary@hotmail.com
summary:Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry. There have been many changes in the past few years in the use of BIM and how to implement BIM in the AEC Industry. The purpose of this research is to examine the current status of BIM in the Middle East by exploring the extent of adoption of BIM among stakeholders in the AEC industry in this region. To this end surveys were sent out to 297 and empirical statistics have been applied. The respondents acknowledged they were aware of the benefits of BIM in terms of it being a more effective method for designing and managing construction projects by supporting collaboration, improving the quality of the design by providing the ability to closely visualize designs in 3D and rendered forms and providing a platform which would facilitate the sharing of information relevant for design, construction and maintenance of buildings over their entire lifecycle. However, only 20% of AEC organizations in the Middle East are using BIM or are in the process of adopting BIM, with more professionals beginning to adopt BIM although most professionals within this region still look at BIM just as an advanced AutoCAD tool. Raising awareness related to the benefits of BIM and increasing training opportunities in the Middle East are necessary in order to allow all stakeholders to benefit substantially from BIM.
keywords:AEC, BIM, construction, Middle East, stakeholders
full text: (PDF file, 0.864 MB)
citation:Gerges M, Austin S, Mayouf M, Ahiakwo O, Jaeger M, Saad A, Gohary T-E (2017). An investigation into the implementation of Building Information Modeling in the Middle East, ITcon Vol. 22, pg. 1-15, http://www.itcon.org/2017/1