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Karasu, T., Aaltonen, K. and Haapasalo, H. (2023), "The interplay of IPD and BIM: a systematic literature review", Construction Innovation, Vol. 23 No. 3, pp. 640-664.

The interplay of IPD and BIM : a systematic literature review

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Author: Karasu, Taha1; Aaltonen, Kirsi1; Haapasalo, Harri1
Organizations: 1Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Emerald, 2023
Publish Date: 2023-10-24


Purpose: Integrated project delivery (IPD) and building information modeling (BIM) have been discussed as prominent collaborative concepts in recent architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) literature, thus recommended for more advanced value creation. However, they have been studied predominantly as discrete even though they are typically highly interrelated. This study aims to enhance collaboration in AEC projects by tracing recent trends in IPD and BIM literature by making sense of trends and by exploring how their interplay has been discussed and conceptualized.

Design/methodology/approach: This systematic literature review draws on Scopus and Web of Science as the primary databases. In total, 120 academic papers and review articles were sourced. Yet, the final sample includes 71 sources from the past decade (2011–2020), focusing on both IPD and BIM.

Findings: This study identifies 11 interrelated and overlapping themes that are indicative of trends in the recent IPD and BIM literature. This research found that among the identified themes, the clusters of sustainability, transformation and increasing the competence level of staff in the AEC industry, in addition to the concept of quality, require more extensive research in the context of IPD and BIM. Additionally, this study identifies four different approaches to the interplay of IPD and BIM, indicating an absence of scholarly consistency.

Originality/value: Based on the systematic analysis of the recent literature, this study indicates that IPD and BIM have several joint fundamental cornerstones. It is evident that both concepts support the implementation of each other. The success of implementing either one is strongly related to the other. Additionally, we have not found earlier systematic literature reviews that examine the interplay between IPD and BIM in the recent AEC literature.

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Series: Construction innovation
ISSN: 1471-4175
ISSN-E: 1477-0857
ISSN-L: 1471-4175
Volume: 23
Issue: 3
Pages: 640 - 664
DOI: 10.1108/CI-07-2021-0134
Type of Publication: A2 Review article in a scientific journal
Field of Science: 212 Civil and construction engineering
Copyright information: © 2022, Taha Karasu, Kirsi Aaltonen and Harri Haapasalo. Published by Emerald Publishing Limited. This article is published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) licence. Anyone may reproduce, distribute, translate and create derivative works of this article (for both commercial and non-commercial purposes), subject to full attribution to the original publication and authors. The full terms of this licence maybe seen at