Framework for Evaluating the BIM Application Performance: A Case Study of a Grid Information Modeling System

Jingguo Rong, Lizhong Qi, Hongbo Wu, Ming Zhang, Xiancun Hu

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BIM has played an important role in promoting sustainable development in the construction industry. The lack of an effective system for evaluating BIM application performance has become a major obstacle to BIM application. Therefore, this study develops an indicator evaluation framework that includes benefit factors and cost factors to systematically evaluate the BIM application performance. The evaluation indicators are determined through a scientometric literature review and expert evaluations, and the AHP method is employed to assess the weights of each indicator. A performance index is established and measured through a cost–benefit measurement. The developed evaluation framework and index are applied in a case study of a grid information modeling (GIM) system implemented in a specific UHV substation project. The sensitivity of the evaluation index is further examined. Finally, the recommendations for developing BIM applications like GIM are discussed. Accordingly, this research mainly contributes to developing the BIM application performance evaluation framework and index, which can be used to assess the application performance of digital technologies in the construction industry worldwide. The case experience and recommendations could promote BIM application in the power generation construction industry.

Original languageEnglish
Article number11658
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jul 2023


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