Understanding barriers to BIM implementation: Their impact across organizational levels in relation to BIM maturity

Sander Siebelink*, Hans Voordijk, Maaike Endedijk, Arjen Adriaanse

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This multiple case study of a contracting firm contributes to understanding the barriers that organizations face during the implementation of building information modeling (BIM) by providing insights into the impact of these barriers across different organizational levels (i.e., from top management to project teams) and by relating these barriers to different degrees of BIM maturity. First, we observe the dominance of barriers related to the motivation, competence, and time capacity of people across all levels of an organization. Second, the cluster of barriers at the middle-management level highlights the important role of this level in reducing these barriers. Third, only those cases with a low level of BIM maturity have struggled with lack of top management support, thereby highlighting the importance of such support in achieving BIM maturity growth. High BIM maturity situations are more prone to externally oriented barriers in attempting to further leverage the benefits of BIM. Our study provides insights on where to focus BIM implementation measures and how to enhance organizational BIM maturity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)236-257
JournalFrontiers of Engineering Management
Issue number2
Early online date20 Mar 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2021


  • UT-Hybrid-D
  • implementation barriers
  • maturity
  • organizational levels
  • building information modeling


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