Building Information Modelling (BIM) obviously is an innovation to Sri Lankan industry. Construction industry is known to be generally poor in adoption of newest technologies and associated processes. Perceptions on new ideas, especially those perceptions of negative nature, can significantly affect the potential adoption of these new ideas. In case of BIM, the expected change due to adoption of the new technologies and processes is not simple. Adopting BIM is often identified as a paradigm shift. In this context, the impact of negative perceptions about BIM adoption could have severe impact. Accordingly, a study was conducted on ‘Perceived Negative Effects on Project Stakeholders from Adopting BIM’ focusing on Sri Lankan context.

Data was collected through an online questionnaire survey. 300+ professionals (at different levels of career) were invited to take part, from which nearly 50 had fully responded to the survey. The study finds that the top most significant perceived negative effects common to all three professions (Architecture, Engineering, and Quantity Surveying) are:

  • Various levels of project stakeholders may not have direct access to the BIM
  • Practical standards and guidelines for BIM are not well developed
  • BIM is not possible because Sri Lankan government is not supporting its adoption
  • Young staff with little experience will soon become skilled with BIM tools while experience veterans will have to rely on young staffs to operate BIM functions

Interestingly, ranking for these also varies among three professions. However, the sample was not large enough for deeper analysis.
A research paper from the study was presented at 7th World Construction Symposium 2018.

Keywords: BIM; Negative Effects; Perception; Sri Lanka; Stakeholders.


Irshad, M. T., & Jayasena, H. S. (2018). Perceived Negative Effects on Project Stakeholders from Adopting BIM in Sri Lanka. In Y. G. Sandanayake, S. Gunathilake, & K. G. A. S. Waidyasekara (Eds.), Proceedings of the 7th World Construction Symposium 2018 (pp. 413–422). Colombo, Sri Lanka: Ceylon Institute of Builders - Sri Lanka.

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