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Title: BIM and the small construction firm: A critical perspective
Authors: Dainty, Andrew R.J.
Leiringer, Roine
Fernie, Scott
Harty, Chris F.
Keywords: BIM
Policy implementation
Critical discourse
SMEs
Digital technologies
Digital divide
Policy process
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis
Citation: DAINTY, A.R.J. ...et al., 2017. BIM and the small construction firm: A critical perspective. Building Research and Information, 45 (6), pp. 696-709.
Abstract: The need for technological and administrative innovation is a recurrent theme in the UK construction reform agenda, but generic improvement recipes are beginning to give way to a more focused prescription; Building Information Modelling (BIM). The current strategy is to mandate the use of BIM for government projects as a way of integrating the design, construction and operation of publically procured buildings. This aspiration represents a partial turn away from a focus on managerialist agendas towards a belief in the power of digital practices to achieve the aspiration of integrated working, collaboration and innovation, a trend that is being reflected globally in relation to both national and firm-level policy interventions. In this paper we subject this ‘BIM revolution’ to critical scrutiny. By drawing on theories of the digital divide we develop a critical discourse around the ways in which political reform agendas centred on BIM might not stimulate innovation on a wider scale, but could act to disenfranchise small firms who are unable (or unwilling) to engage with them. This critical analysis presents important new research questions around the technocratic optimism which pervades the current reform discourse, the trajectory of industry development that it creates, and the policy process itself.
Description: An earlier version of this paper was presented at the EPOC Conference 2015. This paper is in closed access until 1st Mar. 2018.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/09613218.2017.1293940
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/24305
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2017.1293940
ISSN: 0961-3218
Appears in Collections:Closed Access (Civil and Building Engineering)

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