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American Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture. 2019, 7(3), 146-151
DOI: 10.12691/ajcea-7-3-5
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Model for Creating Cloud-BIM Environment in AEC Firms: A Grounded Theory Approach

Oluseye Olugboyega1, , Emmanuel Dele Omopariola2 and Olusegun Jacob Ilori3

1Department of Building, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

2Department of Building Technology, Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, Nigeria

3Department of Quantity Surveying, Federal Polytechnic, Offa, Nigeria

Pub. Date: June 10, 2019

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Oluseye Olugboyega, Emmanuel Dele Omopariola and Olusegun Jacob Ilori. Model for Creating Cloud-BIM Environment in AEC Firms: A Grounded Theory Approach. American Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture. 2019; 7(3):146-151. doi: 10.12691/ajcea-7-3-5


This paper focuses on Cloud-BIM services and develops a model for creating Cloud-BIM environment in AEC firms using a Grounded Theory approach. The paper describes a Cloud-BIM environment as an environment within an organization that serves as a workspace for accessing cloud-BIM services. Cloud-BIM is also described in this paper as the integration of BIM application services with cloud computing deployment models. Based on the definitions of Cloud-BIM, Cloud-BIM environment, and Cloud-BIM services, this paper develops a model of Cloud-BIM environment by adopting a five-step form, specifically representing the organizational processes when creating a workspace for accessing cloud-BIM services in AEC firms. The five stages include the selection of the appropriate Cloud-BIM deployment method, selection of the appropriate Cloud-BIM services, selection of the appropriate Cloud-BIM service provider, creation of online accounts with the selected Cloud-BIM service provider, and set-up a dashboard of online accounts. The model contributes to Cloud-BIM research by increasing understanding of Cloud-BIM, Cloud-BIM environment, and Cloud-BIM services. The practical benefit of the model is that it creates awareness and knowledge of Cloud-BIM for the professionals and top management of AEC firms; and also provide information on entrepreneurial opportunities made available by Cloud-BIM.

Cloud-BIM Cloud-BIM environment Cloud-BIM services BIM Cloud-computing

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