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Barriers to BIM adoption: Perceptions from Australian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

conference contribution
posted on 2016-07-06, 00:00 authored by M. Reza HosseiniM. Reza Hosseini, Mehran Oraee Namzadi, R Rameezdeen, Saeed Banihashemi, Nicholas Chileshe
This study draws upon a questionnaire survey distributed amongst SMEs in Australia to offer an insight into the main barriers to BIM adoption within Australian SMEs. Based on analyses of 78 completed questionnaires from non-adopters, the main barriers making SMEs shy away from BIM adoption are discussed. The findings show that currently around 42% of Australian SMEs are engaged with BIM. It comes to light that lack of knowledge and resources within SMEs is not a major barrier for Australian SMEs. In essence, the main barriers stem from lack of interests of clients and subcontractors working for SMEs alongside the risks associated with an uncertain return on investment (ROI) for BIM as perceived by key players in SMEs. The study contributes to the field by providing an updated insight into the status quo of BIM in Australian SMEs and spots the main barriers to target for promoting BIM adoption across Australian SMEs.



Australasian Universities Building Education Association. Annual Conference (40th : 2016 : Cairns, Queensland)


Radical Innovation in the Built Environment


271 - 280


Central Queensland University


Cairns, Queensland

Place of publication

Rockhampton, Qld.

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Publication classification

E Conference publication; E1 Full written paper - refereed

Copyright notice

2016, The Author(s)


N Singhaputtangkul

Title of proceedings

AUBEA 2016: Proceedings of the 40th Australasian Universities Building Education Association Annual Conference