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Title: Government roles in implementing building information modelling systems
Authors: Wong, AKD 
Wong, FKW 
Nadeem, A
Keywords: Information modelling
Virtual work
Government policy
Hong Kong
United States of America
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Source: Construction innovation, 2011, v. 11, no. 1, p. 61-76 How to cite?
Journal: Construction innovation 
Abstract: Purpose– Building information modelling (BIM) is a paradigm shift in the architectural, engineering and construction industries which transforms processes to achieve greater efficiency and effectiveness. The purpose of this paper is to highlight the implementation of BIM in Hong Kong and the USA and recommend strategies for BIM implementation in Hong Kong.
Design/methodology/approach– A literature review of BIM initiatives taken in Hong Kong and the USA was conducted including the government policy, guidelines, standards and implementation status. Findings from the literature review were complemented with insights obtained through focused interviews of experts in the field for arriving at recommendations based on the research. The principal investigator of this research also participated in the establishment of a BIM professional institute as one of the founding board members.
Findings– As a result of studies performed for this paper, guidelines are proposed for BIM implementation in Hong Kong. The role of government in implementing BIM in different phases of a project lifecycle is also highlighted.
Research limitations/implications– The research is limited mainly to the initiatives of BIM taken by the public sector (government). The roles of other stakeholders are not specifically studied. Results from this study should be considered in the context of a qualitative research methodology adopted and the limited number of responses obtained for arriving at the findings of this paper.
Practical implications– Results from this study can be used as guidelines for the implementation of BIM elsewhere and this implementation can be compared with other countries.
Originality/value– This paper highlights the best practices of BIM implementation, which is useful for the effective and efficient implementation of BIM in Hong Kong.
ISSN: 1471-4175
EISSN: 1477-0857
DOI: 10.1108/14714171111104637
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