Road map to BIM use for infrastructure domains: Identifying and contextualizing variables of infrastructure projects

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1 Department of Civil Engineering, Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta, Mersin 10, North Cyprus, Turkey

2 Department of Civil Engineering, Final International University, Via Mersin 10, Kyrenia, North Cyprus, Turkey

3 Trenchless Technology Center (TTC), Construction Engineering Technology, Louisiana Tech University


Nowadays, construction activities and projects are becoming much more challenging and complex to handle. Being involve with different stakeholders is a difficult task and information and communication technology (ICT) has been addressed as a solution. Afterwards, there was a major shift in ICT usage for construction projects and furthermore, Building Information Modeling (BIM) has been found its position among the experts as a Computer Aided Design (CAD) paradigm. By inspiration from modality of BIM, there can be an adoption to other sub-branch of construction industry such as infrastructure domain. Since BIM has proven benefits in buildings, infrastructure projects might gain similar advantages through proper implementation. This new dimension can be called Infrastructure Building Information Modeling (I-BIM). The main aim of conducting this research is to identify and prove the existing lack of using BIM for infrastructure projects. In order to fulfill this gap, questionnaire survey designed and respondents were mostly located at United States of America and Turkey. As a finding, authors clarify the preponderance and impediment components in the path of I-BIM utilization and discuss five main categories with total number of 26 variables. Furthermore data mining among selected countries has been done for all variables with comprehensive discussion.


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