Model for Improving the level of Labourers Productivity through the Use o BIM and Clould technology in UAEBuilding Construction Projects

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The British University in Dubai
Importance of the research This study examined the capabilities of building information modelling (BIM) and cloud technologies and their impact on improving labourers’ productivity in building construction projects in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Thus, there was a need for this research to identify the key factors affecting labourers’ productivity in construction projects in the UAE and their impact magnitude. Problem and aim The research aimed to examine how advanced technologies such as BIM and cloud could be used to improve labourers’ productivity during the delivery of building construction projects in the UAE. The research proposed a model that comprises of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and cloud technology determinants that could be used to improve labourers’ productivity in the UAE building construction sector. Method The study adopted a quantitative method approach to achieve the intended research objectives. The population of the study comprised construction contractors and consultants working on building construction projects in the UAE. The key targeted participants who provided the data required for this study were project managers, supervisors, foremen, inspectors, project engineers, and consultant resident engineers. Analysis was performed using IBM-SPSS and Hayes process. Findings The research proposed and validated a model that comprises BIM, cloud technology and labourers’ productivity determinants that can be used to improve labourers’ productivity in the UAE building construction sector. As shown in this study, the advancement of BIM and cloud technologies can democratize access to vital information, tools, and techniques, which can be used to create a collaborative team environment. Within the context of the UAE, this research has also shown how these technologies have emerged as a means of improving productivity in the construction sector. Conclusion The research identified several factors affecting construction labourers’ productivity. Among the 42 factors identified from the reviewed literature. From the findings of the study, it was found that the UAE construction sector is still facing labourers’ productivity challenges, and the industry has one of the lowest productivity rates. As a result, it was revealed that implementing BIM and cloud technologies facilitates the successful delivery of building construction projects. In addition, the study further established that BIM and cloud technologies can be used to facilitate integrated project delivery. Future research The study achieved its main aim of proposing a model that comprises BIM and labourers’ productivity determinants’. Although the findings and the conclusion of the study have added value to the existing knowledge on the use of BIM to improve labourers’ productivity in the UAE, it is important that further research is carried out in the form of a case study to evaluate the impact of the model’s proposed context.
construction labourers’ productivity, UAE construction sector, digital construction technology, Building Information Modelling (BIM), cloud technology