Building Information Modelling and Collaboration in the Nigerian Construction Industry
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a concept that is transforming the way construction is done internationally. Nigeria is lagging behind in adoption of BIM as a collaborative tool amongst professionals in AEC industry. The purpose of this paper is to study the adoption of BIM in Nigeria and determine to what extent it has helped in improving collaboration among consultants in Nigerian construction industry. The research methodology involved using structured questionnaires to 30 AEC firms selected through simple random sampling method. Results showed BIM has a high impact on client satisfaction, time for completion, quality and presentation of different concepts in schematic design. It also showed high impact on conflict resolution, supervision, construction programming and quality of completed jobs during post contract stage. Barriers to adoption of BIM were identified as lack of infrastructure, lack of skilled workers and lack of awareness of technology. Discussion with peers showed that barriers to collaboration included lack of support from leadership in the offices and lack of belief in usefulness of the software. For Nigeria to compete internationally in the construction industry, BIM should be adopted hence there is need for research on the subject. Recommendations include developing a curriculum that will incorporate the study of BIM in all construction courses. Learning centers should also be developed for private practitioners. Efforts should be made by the relevant professional bodies to increase awareness of the technology. Incentives should be given to offices to encourage adoption and collaboration among consultants.
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