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Dr Bilal Succar

Conjoint Senior Lecturer

School of Architecture and Built Environment

Career Summary


I’m a designer, visual communicator and avid researcher based in Melbourne, Australia. With a varied background in business, design, construction and Building Information Modelling (BIM), I have worked across many organizations in Australia and the Middle East; led a specialised consultancy business for 10 years; launched an industry-first BIM assessment start-up; published high-impact peer-reviewed articles; led industry-wide initiatives; and keynoted prestigious international seminars. I’m also a conjoint senior lecturer at a leading Australian university; a member of an academic advisory committee; and a publisher of two specialised blogs.

My full academic profile including PhD thesis, peer-reviewed papers and sample industry presentations are provided on .

Research Expertise
My research focuses on the technologies, processes and policies enabling construction industry stakeholders to collaboratively design, build and operate a facility. I intently investigate Building Information Modelling (BIM) as the current expression of technical and procedural innovation within the construction industry. To understand BIM, I rely less on charting its technological innovations and more on analysing its change-dynamics, knowledge infrastructure and competency requirements. BIM adoption by industry and academia faces numerous challenges, each warranting a focused investigation by domain researchers. My research does not isolate a single gap to address but espouses a holistic view of the knowledge problem at hand. It contributes an evolving set of conceptual constructs and a number of practicable knowledge tools to facilitate BIM learning, assessment and performance improvement. I have 20 years’ experience within the construction industry including 10 years as an independent BIM consultant/researcher. I have published a number of peer-reviewed articles, participated in industry-wide initiatives, and developed several BIM assessment and workflow improvement tools.


  • PhD (Building Information Modelling), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, American University of Beirut - USA
  • Bachelor of Interior Design, Lebanese American university - USA
  • Master of Architecture Management, University of Newcastle


  • BIM Education
  • Building Information Modelling
  • Performance Assessment
  • Performance Improvement


  • Arabic (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
100605 Performance Evaluation; Testing and Simulation of Reliability 30
120104 Architectural Science and Technology (incl. Acoustics, Lighting, Structure and Ecologically Sustainable Design) 40
120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning 30

Professional Experience

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/02/2008 - 1/12/2008 Research Associate RMIT University
School of Property, Construction and Project Management

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/12/2004 - 1/12/2014 BIM Consultant Change Agents AEC


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2010 Succar B, 'Building Information Modelling Maturity Matrix', Handbook of Research on Building Information Modeling and Construction Informatics: Concepts and Technologies, Information Science Reference, Hershey, PA 65-102 (2010) [B1]

Journal article (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Kassem M, Succar B, 'Macro BIM adoption: Comparative market analysis', AUTOMATION IN CONSTRUCTION, 81 286-299 (2017)
DOI 10.1016/j.autcon.2017.04.005
2015 Succar B, Kassem M, 'Macro-BIM adoption: Conceptual structures', Automation in Construction, 57 64-79 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Building Information Modelling (BIM) concepts and workflows continue to proliferate within organisations, through project teams, and acr... [more]

© 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Building Information Modelling (BIM) concepts and workflows continue to proliferate within organisations, through project teams, and across the whole construction industry. However, both BIM implementation and BIM diffusion are yet to be reliably assessed at market scale. Insufficient research has been conducted to date towards identifying the conceptual structures that would explain and encourage large-scale BIM adoption. This paper introduces a number of macro-adoption models, matrices and charts (Fig. 1). These models can be used to systematically assess BIM adoption across ma rkets, and inform the structured development of country-specific BIM adoption policies. This research is published in two complementary papers combining conceptual structures with data collected from experts across a number of countries. The first paper "Macro-BIM adoption: conceptual structures" delimits the terms used, reviews applicable diffusion models, and clarifies the research methodology. It then introduces five new conceptual constructs for assessing macro-BIM adoption and informing the development of market-scale BIM diffusion policies. The second paper "Macro-BIM adoption: comparative market analysis" employs these concepts and tools to evaluate BIM adoption and analyse BIM diffusion policies across a number of countries. Using online questionnaires and structured interviews, it applies the models, refines the conceptual tools and develops additional assessment metrics. The two papers are complementary and primarily intended to assist policy makers and domain researchers to analyse, develop and improve BIM diffusion policies.

DOI 10.1016/j.autcon.2015.04.018
Citations Scopus - 32Web of Science - 21
2013 Succar B, Sher W, Williams A, 'An integrated approach to BIM competency assessment, acquisition and application', Automation in Construction, 174-189 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.autcon.2013.05.016
Citations Scopus - 52Web of Science - 39
Co-authors Willy Sher
2012 Succar B, Sher WD, Williams AP, 'Measuring BIM performance: Five metrics', Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 8 120-142 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 60Web of Science - 37
Co-authors Willy Sher
2009 Succar B, 'Building information modelling framework: A research and delivery foundation for industry stakeholders', Automation in Construction, 18 357-375 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.autcon.2008.10.003
Citations Scopus - 332Web of Science - 249
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Conference (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Succar B, Sher WD, 'A competency knowledge-base for BIM learning', Proceedings 38th AUBEA International Conference, Auckland, New Zealand (2013) [E1]
Co-authors Willy Sher
2013 Kassem M, Succar B, Nashwan D, 'A proposed approach to comparing the BIM maturity of countries', Proceedings of the CIB W78 2013: 30th International Conference ¿Beijing, China, 9-12 October, Beijing, China (2013) [E1]
2010 Succar B, 'The five components of BIM performance measurement', CIB 2010 World Congress: Proceedings, Salford, UK (2010) [E1]
2007 Succar B, Sher WD, Aranda-Mena G, 'A proposed framework to investigate building information modelling through knowledge elicitation and visual models', Proceedings. 2007 Conference of the Australasian Universities Building Education Association, Melbourne, VIC (2007) [E1]
Co-authors Willy Sher
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Dr Bilal Succar


Conjoint Senior Lecturer
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Casual Academic
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

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Location Melbourne