New Research Shows Dramatic Increase in Use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in North America

McGraw-Hill ConstructionMcGraw-Hill Construction recently presented highlights of its new research showing the rapid advance of Building Information Modeling (BIM) usage by architects, engineers, contractors and owners in North America. Comparing results from its similar research in 2007 and 2009, McGraw-Hill Construction finds:

  • The percentage of companies using BIM jumped from 17% in 2007, to 49% in 2009, to 71% in 2012;
  • For the first time ever, more contractors (74%) are using BIM than architects (70%);
  • All users report increased business benefits from BIM including better profits, more accurate documentation, less rework, reduced project duration, fewer claims and the ability to offer new services;
  • Almost 40% of BIM users are heavily committed to it, doing over 60% of their work in BIM. This group has surged by 44% since 2009;
  • As a sign of its increasing acceptance and maturity, almost half (49%) of BIM users have five or more years experience using it.

The full results of this research will appear in The Business Value of BIM in North America SmartMarket Report, part of the continuing McGraw-Hill Construction SmartMarket Report series and released to the general public at the end of November 2012. The premier partner of the research is Autodesk, with corporate partner Parsons. Other contributing sponsors include Barton Malow, buildingSMART alliance, Charles Pankow Foundation, Hensel-Phelps, HOK, Mortenson Construction, NRI, Pinnacle Infotech, and Satterfield & Pontikes.

Software vendors join forces to promote Open BIM

Open BIM is a universal approach to the collaborative design, realization and operation of buildings based on open standards and workflows. Open BIM is an initiative of buildingSMART and several leading software vendors using the open buildingSMART Data Model.

The Open BIM approach offers key benefits to the stakeholders of building projects:

  • Workflow integration results in greatly reduced coordination errors compared to sheer file exchange-based coordination of the different disciplines.
  • Project members can work with the best-of-breed solutions in their respective fields without risking “incompatibility” hence exclusion from certain BIM projects.
  • Project members can maintain full control over software upgrades independently from their peers on the different AEC projects they participate in.
  • Accessibility of BIM data is provided for the entire lifecycle of buildings including design, construction and operation.

The Open BIM program’s aim is to help coordinate efforts related to the promotion and implementation of Open BIM collaboration workflows by providing common definitions, requirements and branding. AEC software vendors, AEC practices (designers, engineers, contractors) as well as AEC projects are all welcome to participate and use the OPEN BIM logo as a promise of successful and streamlined collaboration.

Companies participating in the Open BIM program from day #1 include buildingSMART International, Nemetschek companies including GRAPHISOFT, Nemetschek Allplan, Nemetschek Vectorworks Inc., Nemetschek Scia as well as Tekla a Trimble company and Data Design System. For more information, please visit: www.openbim.com.