An evaluation of the macro-scale adoption of Building Information Modeling in Chile: 2013-2016

  • Mauricio Loyola
  • Felipe López
Keywords: Technology diffusion, Chilean AECO industry


In recent years, there has been growing public and private interest in Chile in implementing plans promoting the use of Building Information Modeling. However, the lack of local studies hinders the creation of policies suited to the particular conditions of the country. In response, we present a comprehensive analysis of the evolution of the macro-scale adoption of BIM in Chile during the 2013-2016 period, based on two national surveys conducted among architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) professionals. At first glance, the overall results coincide with other countries with similar development level, but a more detailed analysis evidences unique local conditions. There are dramatic differences in BIM expertise among AEC disciplines, which in turn leads to heterogeneous, fragmented, and non-collaborative BIM practices. Although BIM users account for more than half of respondents, they are mainly occasional users that only take advantage of the most basic capabilities of the technology. The study also shows strengths and potential opportunities for improvement. In the end, this study reveals the unique conditions of the technology adoption process in Chile, and consequently, contributes to identifying specific strengths, problems, and areas of action that should be addressed by any public or private BIM promotion plans.

Author Biographies

Mauricio Loyola

Departamento de Arquitectura, Universidad de Chile
Av. Portugal 84, Santiago (Chile)

Felipe López

Departamento de Arquitectura, Universidad de Chile
Av. Portugal 84, Santiago (Chile)