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Exploring Cultivation Path of Building Information Modelling in China: An Analysis from the Perspective of an Innovation Ecosystem

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  • Yingnan Yang

    () (College of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China)

  • Yidan Zhang

    () (College of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China
    Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong 999077, China)

  • Hongming Xie

    () (School of Management, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou 510006, China)

Abstract

Ecosystem theory provides a new perspective for studying the development of the architecture engineering and construction (AEC) industry in the age of information and communication technology (ICT). As an extremely ICT innovation, building information modelling (BIM) not only brings technical benefits to the AEC industry, but changes the innovation paradigm of the AEC industry towards an innovation ecosystem, which improve productivity and sustainability throughout the project life cycle. This article contributes to innovation ecosystem theory by exploring the structure of the BIM ecosystem and deriving its cultivation path. Then, as the leading city in China for developing BIM technologies, Shanghai was selected as the case study to elaborate on the cultivation path of the BIM ecosystem. The results indicate that three layers identified in the structure contribute to the understanding of the boundaries, units, and analytical focus of the BIM ecosystem, with the BIM platform being the core layer. This topology structure, with the BIM platform as the hub, promotes interdependency and symbiosis among participants in the cultivation of the BIM ecosystem, supporting the birth, expansion, maturity, re-innovation (or extinction), and sustainable development of the BIM ecosystem. This research complements and extends literature on the BIM ecosystem, and provides implications as to the construction, cultivation, and sustainability of BIM ecosystems for emerging economy firms.

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  • Yingnan Yang & Yidan Zhang & Hongming Xie, 2020. "Exploring Cultivation Path of Building Information Modelling in China: An Analysis from the Perspective of an Innovation Ecosystem," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 12(17), pages 1-16, August.
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