BIM Awareness: The Kenyan and UK Scenarios

  • T.N. Kimani
  • Haddy Jallow
  • B. M. Njuguna
  • A. O. Alkizim

Abstract

In the global context, Building Information Modeling(BIM) is a catalytic agent for innovation, productivity and efficiencyin the construction industry. BIM adoption in Kenya is rare whereasthe volume of construction is poised to increase and the gains that canbe achieved via its use could be enormous. In the UK, all projects areto use a minimum of level two BIM to enhance collaboration andcoordination with visual aids and a common data environment thatenhances communication with the project proponents and all theother stakeholders. The main aim of this study was to determine theBIM gaps in terms of awareness and use in order to form a basis forthe development of future adoption strategies in infrastructureprojects in Kenya. The research was carried out in Nairobi andLondon. The study was designed as a survey that started with a deskstudy followed by semi structured interviews. Analysis of the datawas done using content analysis. The findings identify significantdifferences in BIM awareness and use, the influence of which couldprovide insight for the developed and developing countries. The stateof research, training and practice pertaining to BIM in Kenya remainslargely undocumented whereas in the UK, there are national levelinitiatives driving its adoption. This paper concludes that BIMsuccess is dependent on close collaboration between the client,consultants, contractors and suppliers along with the establishment ofa well developed BIM protocol and the lessons learnt from the UKcan easily be used by Kenya as it embarks on its BIM journey for anefficient and harmonious working environment in this era ofglobalization.
Published
Feb 19, 2020
How to Cite
KIMANI, T.N. et al. BIM Awareness: The Kenyan and UK Scenarios. Proceedings of Sustainable Research and Innovation Conference, [S.l.], p. 157-161, feb. 2020. ISSN 2079-6226. Available at: <http://sri.jkuat.ac.ke/ojs/index.php/proceedings/article/view/881>. Date accessed: 06 apr. 2020.