Adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM) on Construction Projects in Rwanda
Enock Musabyimana1, Abedenego O. Gwaya2, Titus Kivaa3
1Enock Musabyimana, Department of Construction Management, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi, Kenya.
2Dr. Abenedego O. Gwaya, Department of Construction Management, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi, Kenya.
3Dr. Titus Kivaa, Department of Construction Management, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi, Kenya.
Manuscript received on June 04, 2019. | Revised Manuscript received on June 10, 2019. | Manuscript published on June 15, 2019. | PP: 1-6 | Volume-5, Issue-12, June 2019. | Retrieval Number: L11200651219/19©BEIESP
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Abstract: The construction industry is experiencing fast and adaptive innovations, new construction technologies such as 3- Dimensional printed structures using robots and different platforms are increasingly developed laid by Building Information Modeling (BIM). The technology is transforming the way that buildings and infrastructure are designed, constructed and operated and it is helping to improve decision making and performance across the buildings and infrastructure. Where BIM has not been fully applied to the infrastructure life cycle like our case of Rwanda, the industry has to undergo these technologies to be in line with others. BIM adoption on construction projects in Rwanda is an issue discussed in this study. Results revealed that only 29.1% of the total respondents were aware of BIM existence, 82.9% of those who were aware have been using it while 17.1% have not. 2D and 3D are the most frequently BIM dimensions used in Rwanda. The study validated the current shortage of building design professionals trained in collaborative design and construction practices. The study also addressed the need for BIM full adoption on construction projects in Rwanda. A process of adopting BIM on the construction project was elaborated. The Ministry of infrastructure would benefit from implementing the process for adoption discussed in this study. It was therefore recommended to fully uptake BIM on construction projects life-cycle and facilities management in Rwanda.
Keywords: Building Information Modelling, BIM Adoption in Rwanda, Construction Projects, Construction Technology.