Is Building Information Modelling a Disruptive Innovation?

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The implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in ever more countries across the globe promises a leap in civil engineering techniques. Ever since the idea of disruptive innovation has been introduced in 1997, the term had become a buzzword and is also often used in connection with BIM. Meanwhile disruptive innovations show in fact several recognisable characteristics, distinguishing them from sustaining technologies. The properties of BIM in the German market in respect to these aspects have been established by conducting interviews with 10 experts including four clients, four consultants, a contractor and a software company. Based on their professional assessment, in the present paper the disruptive potential of BIM is determined according to five different theoretical frameworks. While BIM shows some disruptive features, the outcomes clearly indicate that it falls significantly short of the score obtained by truly disruptive innovations. Especially for smaller companies this may present a valuable insight in respect to BIM adoption.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIABSE Symposium, Wroclaw 2020: Synergy of Culture and Civil Engineering – History and Challenges
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020

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