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Amirreza Rashidi

MCDC

Project Manager

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Amir Reza Rashidi holds a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and a Master's degree in Construction Engineering and Management. His master's thesis, titled "Development of a Fuzzy Expert System for Determining Bid Proposal Coefficient Using Building Information Modeling," was defended in 2020 and recognized as the best research in Building Information Modeling at the 2023 IRAM International Conference.

With approximately eight years of experience in various civil engineering roles, including site engineer, project control, contract management, site supervisor, technical office manager, and project manager, Amir has contributed to numerous residential, commercial, administrative, recreational, and infrastructure projects across Iran.

His research interests lie in Construction 4.0 and Sustainability, leading to the publication of four articles in esteemed ISI journals. Amir's dedication to advancing the construction industry through innovative research and practical application highlights his commitment to both academic excellence and industry impact.

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This paper explores the challenges of implementing Building Information Modeling (BIM) in construction small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Iran. Although BIM has significantly impacted manufacturing industries, its adoption in construction faces obstacles, especially in developing economies. The study aimed to identify perceived barriers to BIM adoption in Iranian construction SMEs using a Delphi survey method with 15 BIM experts. Following three survey rounds, an empirical questionnaire was designed based on identified barriers and distributed to the experts, yielding 56 valid responses. The findings indicated that major barriers include SME management's hesitancy, stakeholders' resistance to change, and a lack of technical knowledge. Additionally, four key dimensions of barriers were identified: technology, legal, management, and financial. These dimensions can guide resource allocation and funding to support BIM deployment and innovation in SMEs. The study aims to help stakeholders and SMEs make better-informed decisions regarding BIM adoption, particularly in developing countries like Iran.

Barriers; building information modeling (BIM); construction industry; Delphi survey; small and mediumsized enterprises (SMEs)

Barriers to implementing BIM in Iranian Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

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