Document Type

Conference Paper


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Civil engineering, Architecture engineering, Construction engineering

Publication Details

Hore, A., Kuang, S.Y., McAuley, B. and West, R. (2019). “Development of a Framework to Support the Effective Adoption of BIM in the Public Sector: Lessons for Ireland” Proceedings of the CIB World Building Congress 2019 on Constructing Smart Cities, 17-21 June 2019, Hong Kong, China, ISBN 978-962-367-821-6).


Building Information Modelling (BIM) has been formally adopted by many countries with the promise of creating greater economic, social and sustainability benefits. Several authors and institutions have presented alternative BIM policies and tactics which have been adopted by developed countries. However, there is evidence to indicate that BIM adoption theories are not well established and, in particular, the linkage between BIM public sector adoption strategy outcomes and their contribution to achieving Government policy objectives are underdeveloped. This paper will present the outcome of the first phase of a systematic literature review of published studies (including journal papers and noteworthy international reports) on global government BIM adoption. It will focus primarily on what are the key drivers affecting the decision to adopt BIM at government level, together with the theories, frameworks, and models adopted by governments or public sector bodies to assist in realising the economic, social and sustainability benefits of BIM adoption. The authors reveal a consistency in the drivers associated with the use of BIM in the delivery of public sector construction projects and how these contributed to the establishment of a National BIM Roadmap for Ireland. The methodology focuses on identifying a list of high quality published information of public sector BIM adoption through a rigorous retrieval and filtering system, presenting and critically reviewing alternative government BIM adoption strategies and finally discusses current perceived conclusions and actual implementation frameworks that serve to inform Ireland’s digital transition programme in construction. This paper seeks to inform an early phase in the development of a framework to support the deployment and evaluation of government policy objectives in Ireland and would be applicable to other countries which are an early stage of their digital construction transformation.