A novel BIM strategic plan development method for the water industry of Iran

Document Type : Article


Department of Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran


Cost overrun and time delays in water industry construction projects persuade the authorities to improve the project management approach by adopting building information modeling (BIM). However, BIM is new in the water industry and, with the many aspects and extensive details involved, its successful implementation requires an effective strategic plan. To address this need, in this project a customized BIM strategic plan development method is proposed and followed for the water industry projects in Iran. As a result, two 5-year implementation phases are proposed and specifications of the required infrastructures are outlined. The first phase targets the implementation of BIM maturity level one in pilot projects and BIM maturity level two becomes mandatory at the end of phase two. To the best of the authors' knowledge, for the first time, a systematic method for the BIM strategic plan development in an industry, with multiple organizations involved, is proposed in this research. The two types of BIM committees introduced and utilized in this research can inspire other BIM strategic plan development efforts for large industries, e.g. transportation industry, the electric power industry, and the oil and gas industry, with multiple organizations in charge and different types of construction projects implemented.


Main Subjects