Understanding the BIM actor role: a study of employer and employee preference and availability in the construction industry

Samuel Adeniyi Adekunle, Clinton Ohis Aigbavboa, Obuks Augustine Ejohwomu

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Purpose: The implementation of BIM in the construction industry requires the coevolution of the various aspects of the BIM ecosystem. The human dimension is a very important dimension of the ecosystem necessary for BIM implementation. It is imperative to study this aspect of the BIM ecosystem both from the employer perspective and employee availability to provide insights for stakeholders (job seekers, employers, students, researchers, policymakers, higher education institutions, career advisors and curriculum developers) interested in the labour market dynamics. Design/methodology/approach: To understand the BIM actor roles through the employer lens and the actual BIM actors in the construction industry, this study employed data mining of job adverts from LinkedIn and Mncjobs website. Content analysis was employed to gain insights into the data collected. Also, through a quantitative approach, the existing BIM actor roles were identified. Findings: The study identified the employers' expectations of BIM actors; however, it is noted that the BIM actor recruitment space is still a loose one as recruiters put out open advertisements to get a large pool of applicants. From the data analysed, it is concluded that the BIM actor role is not an entirely new profession. However, it simply exists as construction industry professionals with BIM tool skills. Also, the professional development route is not well defined yet. Originality/value: This study presents a realistic angle to BIM actor roles hence enhancing BIM implementation from the human perspective. The findings present an insight into the preferred against the actual.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)160-180
Number of pages21
JournalEngineering, Construction and Architectural Management
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • BIM actor Role
  • BIM diffusion
  • BIM ecosystem
  • Building information modelling
  • Construction industry
  • Employer perspective

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • General Business,Management and Accounting


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