2019 CSCE Annual Conference - Laval (Greater Montreal)

2019 CSCE Annual Conference - Laval (Greater Montreal) Conference

Workplace Experiences for Women and Men using BIM/VDC in Construction

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Ms. Girija Inguva , University of Colorado Denver
Dr. Caroline Clevenger, University of Colorado, USA (Presenter)
Dr. Mehmet Ozbek
Dr. Moatassem Abdallah, University of Colorado, Denver, USA

The use of Building Information Modeling or Virtual Design and Construction (BIM/VDC) in construction is prompting cultural change in the construction industry. This research presents survey results documenting differences in self-perceived workplace experience for workers whose duties include the use of BIM/VDC and workers whose do not. Further breakdown of results is presented for women and men and organizations with and without specific BIM departments. Findings suggest that, overall, individuals who use BIM/VDC perceive more benefits than barriers. Specific findings suggest that individuals see most benefit related to leading change, having greater access to technology and more educational opportunities. Career barriers generally relate to being siloed as an employee, and not having a clear career path.  Findings related to both benefits and barriers can differ across gender. The contribution of the research is to provide statistical and descriptive insight into the impact of BIM/VDC on workplace experience. Such information is valuable to construction leaders and researchers interested in promoting, implementing, and studying the adoption of such technology in construction practice.