The interdependences of BIM and supply chain partnering: Empirical explorations

Eleni Papadonikolaki, Ruben Vrijhoef, Hans Wamelink

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Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology and the concept of supply chain management (SCM) could be a potentially compatible and mutually interdependent practice. The existing research on BIM focuses on improving project-based and intra-organisational goals, ignoring the impact of BIM on existing structured long-term Supply Chain (SC) partnerships. The purpose of this study is to explore the interdependences of BIM and cross-project long-term inter-organisational teams. Five projects in the Netherlands, with BIM and SCM implementation, were analysed empirically using case study methods, including interviews, documents analysis and live observations. The BIM-enabled SC partnerships adopted various SCM practices and displayed distinct BIM collaboration patterns. This exploration revealed three main patterns of BIM-based collaboration, that is, ad-hoc, linear and distributed, in the SC partnerships. The three patterns included various quasi-contractual, physical and digital means for BIM collaboration. The study suggests implications about BIM researchers and practitioners for not only implementing BIM, but also further integrating the construction SC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)476-494
JournalArchitectural Engineering and Design Management
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Building information modelling
  • BIM implementation
  • case study
  • supply chain management
  • supply chain partnership


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