A Study on the Critical Success Factors using BIM for Precast Structures in the UAE’s Construction Industry

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The British University in Dubai (BUiD)
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is useful for construction industry in the UAE but the process of adoption is very low and slow, and it might be because of lack of studies and researches in this area conducted in the UAE. In this study, several areas of adoption related challenges examined in this study, which creates issues to adopt BIM for precast structures. This study also investigated critical success factors that influence implementation of construction projects in the UAE. As per literature review findings, the best practice is BIM for precast structure in various nations and regions. Engineers and contractors also considered the critical success factors and benefits of BIM so they can adopt successfully. The conceptual framework consists of BIM for precast adoption, the best practices, and critical success factors. In this study, the qualitative and quantitative approach including suitable tools and techniques applied. In addition, in this study, the data collection methods used was 8 interviews, 44 surveys, and 5 pilot testing. Accordingly, these methods used were also conducted to ensure the validity and reliability of an instrument. Qualitative data analysis applied with the use of summarizing, categorizing, and structuring data gathered for analysis using narrative forms. Quantitative data analysis applied with the use Question Pro analytical tools. There are various ethical considerations mentioned during conducting research followed by data analysis. The respondents participated are from the public and private sector, and they possess good knowledge about precast structure use and the implementation of BIM. There is a positive impact and CSFs includes various positive relationships. The data showed that time, quality and cost factors are important for the implementation of BIM and in the use of precast structures. By the end of this study, the recommendations were for policy-makers and project managers to implement BIM. Another recommendation includes for policy makers, so they should emphasize widely on challenges faced towards BIM implementation at both project and strategic level. While, project managers should select suitable BIM software based on suitable specifications and characteristics.
information technology, Building Information Modelling (BIM), 3D modelling, precast structures, construction industry, United Arab Emirates (UAE), critical success factors, construction management