Quantity Surveyors embracing the Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Ruzanna Abd Rahman, Dheem Mohamed*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Building Information Modelling (BIM) is the process of generating & managing information for a construction project, throughout its whole life-cycle, via a 3D model enabled by a cloud platform . Though it was once centered around architectural and structural models, it has since evolved to incorporate dimensions such as cost, thereby affecting the Quantity Surveying profession. Though initially hesitant, many studies believe that the profession has gradually come to accept BIM. This study aims to examine this and debate the degree to which BIM has been embraced by the QS profession. The methodology adopted in the study combines extensive review of literature from the misnomers of BIM, the current situation and the potential solution to fully embrace BIM. This study reveal there still is the need for QS to be involved in the extraction of quantities and measurements from the BIM model (5D), since the automatic generation itself can be complicated and erroneous. Besides that, this study also believes that no level of technological advancement can duplicate the element of intellect and professional expertise that the QS proffer such as procurement, contract administration and legal.
Keywords: Building Information Modelling; Quantity Surveying; embrace , 5D BIM.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages3
Specialist publicationHeriot-Watt University’s Centre of Excellence in Smart Construction Research Bulletin
Publication statusPublished - 29 Apr 2022


  • Building Information Modelling
  • Quantity surveying
  • 5D BIM


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