Toward Adoption of BIM in the Nigerian AEC Industry; Context Framing, Data Collecting and Paradigm for Interpretation

Kori, Sa'Id and Kiviniemi, Arto ORCID: 0000-0001-6570-0188
Toward Adoption of BIM in the Nigerian AEC Industry; Context Framing, Data Collecting and Paradigm for Interpretation. In: 9th BIM Academic Symposium & Job Task Analysis Review, 2015-4 - 2015-4, Washington DC, USA. (Submitted)

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In an effort toward aligning the Nigerian Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) sector to the international benchmark of practice in adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM), this research aimed to understand the Nigerian AEC context assessing the current state of art in the Architectural firms. The research consisted of: creating a survey to collect data on distance mode; adapting different researches and methods in this field to the local context using European and North American protocols as the basis; helping to inform the discussion on future directions and serve as a basis for developments, based on an assessment model specifically defined for a developing Country and the interpretation of the collected data. Part of the research was a review of literature and case studies to appreciate BIM and its potential to the Nigeria AEC sector. It has been realized that BIM among other means has potential to minimize curb corruption in the construction industry which is a worrisome ongoing issue and a slackening factor for the economic growth. As one of the objectives, a conceptual framework was developed based on the Succar's (2009) BIM maturity matrix: this was considered as the basis for the development of the online questionnaire. It involved assessment of technology, processes, policy and functional targets. The assessment conducted through the survey was explanatory and descriptive by itself. It involved 101 architectural firm registered in Nigeria distributed across selected four cities of Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna and Kano where more than 60% of the firms in the country are located. An online questionnaire survey - based on FluidSurveys™ tool – was used to administer the survey. The study opted for a three steps analysis: (i) to classify the firms into a 3 level scale based on staff employed; (ii) to assess data by analysing the responses in each category against the BIM maturity models using cross tabulation; (iii) to define the level of each category in its prospect to the BIM adoption using a descriptive analysis. It was found that most of the medium and larger scale firms are significantly catching up toward the BIM practice, but the small scale firms are having setbacks especially in the aspect of process and policy adherence. However, among all the groups, the level of technological workforce toward BIM and digital technology at large was found appreciable.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Date: 2015-02-26 (submitted)
Uncontrolled Keywords: BIM, Nigeria, AEC, BIM maturity matrix, Adoption
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2015 10:32
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2022 01:40