McGraw-Hill Report Shows That Europeans Have Been Using BIM Longer, But Adoption is Greater in North America

BIM in EuropeA little over a third (36%) of Western European construction professionals are now using Building Information Modeling (BIM), according to McGraw-Hill Construction’s latest SmartMarket Report, The Business Value of BIM in Europe.

Produced in collaboration with Autodesk, the National Institute of Building Sciences/buildingSMART alliance, and 11 industry associations in Europe, and released today, the first-ever report compares BIM adoption rates in France, Germany and the U.K. with those in North America, where 49% of contractors, architects and engineers report BIM usage, according to McGraw-Hill Construction’s 2009 report, The Business Value of BIM.

McGraw-Hill Construction’s new report reveals meaningful differences between the North American and European BIM markets and further affirms that firms with greater experience and expertise in BIM frequently achieve a significant return on their BIM investment. Over a third of Western European BIM users (34%) have more than five years of experience using BIM, versus only 18% in North America; and nearly three-quarters of Western European BIM users (74%) report a positive perceived return on their overall investment in BIM, compared with 63% of North American BIM users.

Users in Western Europe and North America agree that interoperability of software used by team members is an important factor in determining BIM’s overall value on construction projects. To download the free report, visit McGraw-Hill Construction website.

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