Integrating blockchain with building information modelling (BIM): a systematic review based on a sociotechnical system perspective

Yu, J., Zhong, H. ORCID: 0000-0001-9604-4523 and Bolpagni, M., 2023. Integrating blockchain with building information modelling (BIM): a systematic review based on a sociotechnical system perspective. Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Management. ISSN 1471-4175

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to analyse the current state of research on the integration of blockchain and Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and Operations (AECO) industry as a means of identifying gaps between the existing paradigm and practical applications for determining future research directions and improving the industry. The study aims to provide clear guidance on areas that need attention for further research and funding and to draw academic attention to factors beyond the technical dimension.

Design/Methodology/Approach: A mixed-method systematic review is employed, considering multiple literature types, and using a sociotechnical perspective-based framework that covers three dimensions (technic, process, and context) and three research elements (why, what, and how). Data are retrieved and analysed from the Web of Science and Scopus databases for the 2017- 2023 period.

Findings: While blockchain has the potential to address security, traceability, and transparency and complement the system by integrating supporting applications, significant gaps still exist between these potentials and widespread industry adoption. Current limitations and further research needs are identified, including designing fully integrated prototypes, empirical research to identify operational processes, testing and analysing operational-level models or applications, and developing and applying a technology acceptance model for the integration paradigm. Previous research lacks contextual settings, real-world tests, or empirical investigations and is primarily conceptual.

Originality: This paper provides a comprehensive, critical systematic review of the integration of blockchain with BIM in the construction industry, using a sociotechnical perspective-based framework which can be applied in future reviews. The study provides insight into the current state and future opportunities for policymakers and practitioners in the AECO industry to prepare for the transition in this disruptive paradigm. It also provides a phased plan along with a clear direction for the transition to more advanced applications.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Management
Creators: Yu, J., Zhong, H. and Bolpagni, M.
Publisher: Emerald
Date: 14 September 2023
ISSN: 1471-4175
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 07 Aug 2023 14:21
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2023 16:08

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