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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2015, Article ID 905390, 15 pages
Research Article

BIM-Based E-Procurement: An Innovative Approach to Construction E-Procurement

1ICIST, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal
2UNIDEMI, Faculdade de Ciencias e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 2829-516 Caparica, Portugal

Received 30 April 2014; Accepted 1 September 2014

Academic Editor: Pieter Pauwels

Copyright © 2015 António Aguiar Costa and António Grilo. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper presents an innovative approach to e-procurement in construction, which uses building information models (BIM) to support the construction procurement process. The result is an integrated and electronic instrument connected to a rich knowledge base capable of advanced operations and able to strengthen transaction relationships and collaboration throughout the supply chain. The BIM-based e-procurement prototype has been developed using distinct existing electronic solutions and an IFC server and was tested in a pilot case study, which supported further discussions of the results of the research.