BIM: Why It Matters So Much

  You might have heard the term BIM, either in our articles, in passing, in a conversation, or maybe you use BIM on your construction projects. In the last decade, a lot of changes have been on the horizon in the construction sector. The digitalization of the industry, and constant update on new ways to get and use data on the market. The most popular has to be Building Information Modelling (BIM). Some of our readers are not yet BIM enabled, and not considering implementing BIM in their operations in the near future. I don’t think this article will change the way you do business, let’s be realistic, but I hope that it will make you consider planning to implement the technology. Building Smarter Building Information Modelling  is , in essence, a methodology. It is a method of communication present throughout the building process, from the pre-construction phase, to the post-construction services. In its ideal form, it seeks to eliminate the need for Requests for Information (RFIs).  It

Getting into BIM: Industry’s adoption at a glance

Next to COVID-19, BIM has to be the second most shared word of 2021 in construction. In 2022, it’s the contractor’s latest adoption and this fantastic design technology allows you to see a would-be building through digital design. Why? To catch the competitive edge that being digital brings. If you’re still unsure about BIM, I recommend
our article “
BIM: Why it matters so much” to better understand what it is and what it does. For now, let’s take a look at where BIM stands as a tool to help the construction industry.

BIM at a glance

An umbrella term meaning “Building Information Modeling”, BIM is a methodology that represents all 3D model technology that has to do with the digital building. Is an AutoCAD plan BIM? Yes. 

How does it help to operate more efficiently?

BIM lets you access the information needed. Where the materials go, what they are made of,  details of all the trades and any deemed information crucial such as scheduled timelines—reducing waste, costs, time and environmental impact of projects. Although many contractors believed their projects to be sometimes too small for BIM use, as the benefits did not seem to outweigh the costs associated with implementing such technology. 

What changed? These four trends: plateaued productivity, costly rework, budget concerns and a call for digitalization, all of which can be helped with the adoption of BIM.

With a pandemic and an economy putting itself back together, construction trends such as costly rework, budget concern, and a flat productivity rate raised the need for an era of digitalization in the industry with tools such as BIM. The BIM technologies help coordinate remote work, a necessity with pandemic restrictions, and communicate building information to all trades involved. In less than ten years, BIM’s awareness and use by construction workers have skyrocketed from 13% on average to 73%. It is also expected that the global BIM market will be an estimated 9$bn by 2025. Its rise can be attributed to rapid urbanization, leading to a growth in infrastructure projects and overall recognition of BIM as a tool to construction professionals and its adoption will continue to grow thanks to current trends.

Top leading countries in BIM adoption include the US, which has one of the biggest construction markets, it is its most significant economic contributor. Over there, BIM is close to becoming the standard.

“A KPMG survey revealed that 74% of U.S. CEOs say that operations have been digitized due to the pandemic” source 

Purpose of building information modeling in the construction sector in the United States as of 2019

Benefits vs Slow adoption Factors of BIM for Contractors

Productivity: building execution plan with a central model which brings all trades together

Clash detection: All project trades are involved and have access to the model before building. This coordination makes it easier to detect conflicts before they happen.

Budget concerns: a streamlined workflow with diminished risks saves extra costs

Remote collaboration: centralized information and digitized operations make it easier for the project to continue on schedule, with teams making decisions based on the 3D model. The model can be revisited, reviewed and consulted at any time.

“There is only going to be one way forward, and that is through BIM. You’re going to have to adapt to BIM, or you’re going to be left behind.”
Keith Kulynych
Revuelta Architects

Factors that slow BIM software adoption 

  • Lack in-house expertise
  • Cost
  • Lack of training
  • Projects are too small 
  • Lack of standardized tools
  • Lack of collaboration
  • Don’t see the benefits

Competitive Edge to Riding the Wave

BIM brings a technological edge to contractors that use it in projects and help them get even more projects. Many years ago, specialists projected BIM’s adoption and innovation-driven contractors who ventured early and ripped the benefits and the edge of using digital technologies and software in projects. With more than 70% of contractors using it, can you get the same advantage ten years ago that was such a tool? 

We say: get started on it now. Be a part of this competitive edge before it’ll eventually become the norm.