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This guidance document describes six key factors that will help construction firms to transform their project delivery through the adoption and use of BIM and OSM. Our research has shown that construction firms that have successfully adopted and are using BIM and OSM share six common characteristics:

  • committed leadership and management;
  • a digital transformation strategy with realistic objectives;
  • competent supplier networks built through a ‘growing together’ approach;
  • trust-based relationships with their clients;
  • well-developed training and skills development initiatives for employees; and
  • robust structures for effective collaboration and communication.

The insights shared in this guidance draw on interviews with over 40 construction industry stakeholders in the UK (contractors, consultants and clients) who have undertaken commercial, residential and infrastructure projects across the country and overseas. Nine recommendations are put forward in this guidance document. Designed to guide construction firms taking steps to adopt and use BIM and OSM, the recommendations are specifically targeted at senior executives and managers of construction firms, regardless of size, who can implement initiatives to enable their firms to adopt and use BIM and OSM, or improve what is already in place.



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Kwadwo Oti-Sarpong, Reyhaneh Shojaei (2021) 'Industry Guidance: Successful adoption and use of BIM and OSM', Report