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Understanding adoption and use of BIM as the creation of actor networks
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE). University of Skövde, Sweden.
2010 (English)In: Automation in Construction, ISSN 0926-5805, Vol. 19, no 1, 66-72 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There has been a considerable time lag between the emergence of visionary expectations of BIM's (Building Information Models) transformative potential in the architecture, engineering and construction industry, and the deployment of the technology in the industry's daily practice. By viewing adoption and use of BIM as the inter-linkage of actors forming a building and construction project, the aim of the paper is to uncover mechanisms facilitating and constraining the creation of actor networks in which BIM is adopted and used. The aim is pursued by a case study in a major Swedish construction company. It is concluded that the possibility of incremental implementation of BIM applications is well aligned with the character of the industrial context. But the context can also constrain the use of applications requiring more long term thinking. However, because of the disruptive nature of building and construction projects, the challenge is to maintain and re-establish the network in which BIM is used in consecutive projects. When clients and regulating bodies recognize benefits from BIM usage, the main obstacle created by these characteristics of the industry will diminish. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Elsevier, 2010. Vol. 19, no 1, 66-72 p.
Keyword [en]
Building and information models, BIM, 3D-CAD, Diffusion, Adoption, Actor network theory
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Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-109587DOI: 10.1016/j.autcon.2009.09.003ISI: 000273366300006OAI: diva2:858522
Available from: 2015-10-02 Created: 2015-10-01 Last updated: 2015-10-02Bibliographically approved

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