Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
Doctoral Research Scholar
Vijayeta Malla is a PMI certified PMP® (Project Management Professional), LEED® Green Associate™, and Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt with over 14 years of demonstrated history of working in the AECO & Academia industry. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from IIT Bombay and possesses Masters (M.Tech) from IIT Madras in Construction Technology & Management specialization under BIS (Build India Scholarship) from M/s L&T(2009-11). During her 11 years tenure in “M/s Larsen & Toubro, ECC Division” and 1 year in “M/s Tata Projects Ltd,” she majorly worked in Water Infrastructure projects and Minerals & Metallurgical projects. She gained hands-on experience in Project Management, Planning & Controlling, BIM for project management, Contracts & Tendering, Project Operations, Management Information Systems & Business Development & Marketing areas while executing Turnkey Project Services with reputed Governmental & Private organizations. Her core research interests are integrating BIM (Building Information Modeling) with disruptive technologies (Computational BIM, AR/VR/MR/XR, industry 4.0 and Big Data), Project Program and Portfolio Management, Digital transformation practices for construction organizations through Information Management standards, Interface Management of complex construction projects, and Sustainability diffusion through Green Building Certifications and Circular Economy practices in the AECO industry
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Building information modeling (BIM) can potentially enhance project visibility, improve productivity, and promote shared understanding among various construction project stakeholders. The benefits of BIM implementation in a construction project may remain a distant dream if there is no structured way to select a BIM-capable contractor. Existing studies have focused on identifying BIM prequalification (PQ) criteria in countries where BIM implementation is advanced. Therefore, considering the early stages of BIM adoption in many developing countries, this study identified the mandatory and desirable BIM-specific PQ criteria to be included in the short, medium, and long term, considering the perspectives of clients, contractors, consultants, and academicians in the context of engineering, procurement, and construction—turnkey (EPC–Turnkey) projects. Objectives were achieved by identifying the relevant BIM-specific PQ criteria through content analysis of the literature and interviews with experts predominantly from countries where BIM implementation is nascent. Following the literature review and interviews, a questionnaire survey of globally spread stakeholders assessed their extent of agreement or disagreement on including a criterion as a BIM-specific PQ criterion. The results showed that, while all the identified BIM-specific PQ criteria were rated on the agreement side, most respondents preferred including the criteria as desirable rather than mandatory, with their inclusion in the short and medium term (less than five years). In terms of stakeholder perspectives, there was no significant difference between the agreement levels of stakeholder groups. However, considering the overall responses, realizing the need to provide time for holistic BIM diffusion, the practitioners preferred a middle path to include the BIM-specific PQ criteria as desirable rather than mandatory within a timeline of the next five years. The study results can help project stakeholders assess bidders’ BIM implementation capability by considering the conflicting dual needs of BIM implementation urgency and the varying extents of BIM percolation among contractor organizations.
BIM-Specific Prequalification Criteria in Construction Projects: Exploring the Nature and Timeline of Their Inclusion