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Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) SEBE0030

School of Engineering and the Built Environment (SEBE)

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Dr Suha Jaradat , Dr AS Smith No more applications being accepted Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Building Information Modelling (BIM) was introduced to the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry in the early years of 2000s. BIM has been defined in various ways as it involves various elements and means many things to different stakeholders. However the term BIM is generally used to describe activities, tools, processes and technologies used to manage information modelling through the life cycle of a building or infrastructure project. BIM management has been promoted for value, cost and carbon improvement. BIM awareness has increased in the last decade worldwide and particularly in the UK since the Government mandate which required fully collaborative 3D BIM as a minimum by 2016, with electronic project information and documentation. The National Building Specification (NBS) BIM reports, which have been monitoring the adoption of BIM in the UK over time, have conveyed a noticeable growth in awareness and use of BIM since 2011. A large number of empirical studies on BIM focused on large architectural practices working on significant complex mega projects. However, Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SMEs) form the majority of the AEC sector. Recent research has highlighted the need for critical perspectives on BIM, taking into consideration different-sized firms. Questions arise regarding the use of BIM in less dominant yet influential SMEs. This research project will assist in identifying key impacts, benefits and barriers of BIM to SMEs. This will be highly relevant to the introduction of future higher BIM levels which will form part of government’s and public sector policy for many countries in the coming decade.

Academic qualifications
A first degree (at least a 2.1) ideally in Built Environment with a good fundamental knowledge of Building Information Modelling (BIM).

English language requirement
IELTS score must be at least 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each of the four components. Other, equivalent qualifications will be accepted. Full details of the University’s policy are available online.

Essential attributes
• Experience of fundamental Building Information Modelling and the construction industry
• Competent in using BIM tools
• Knowledge of architecture and construction management practices
• Good written and oral communication skills
• Strong motivation, with evidence of independent research skills relevant to the project
• Good time management

Desirable attributes
Competent in using qualitative research methods

For informal enquiries about this project, please contact Dr Suha Jaradat ([Email Address Removed])

Funding Notes

This is an unfunded position


Jaradat, S. and Sexton, M. (2016) ‘BIM articulation and implementation in different-sized architectural firms’, in the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM) 32nd Annual Conference – Manchester, UK September 5-7th.

Dainty, A.; Leiringer, R.; Fernie, S. & Harty, C. (2017) BIM and the small construction firm: a critical perspective, Building Research & Information, 45:6, 696-709, DOI: 10.1080/09613218.2017.1293940

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