The use of building information modeling by architects, engineers, contractors, subcontractors and owners in North America is rapidly advancing, according to new research by McGraw-Hill Construction. The research, which will be published at the end of November in The Business Value of BIM in North America SmartMarket Report, compared results from similar research in 2007 and 2009.
- The percentage of companies using BIM jumped from 17 percent in 2007, to 49 percent in 2009, to 71 percent in 2012.
- For the first time, more contractors (74 percent) are using BIM than architects (70 percent).
- 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 percent of BIM users are heavily committed to it, doing over 60 percent of their work in BIM. This group has surged by 44 percent since 2009.
- As a sign of its increasing acceptance and maturity, almost half (49 percent) of BIM users have five or more years experience using it.
“This unique multi-year trend data demonstrates clearly that BIM is taking hold in the design and construction industry because it has proven business value,” said Stephen Jones, senior director at McGraw-Hill Construction and lead author of the research. In August, ASA encouraged its members to participate in MHC’s BIM survey. ASA will make a copy of the report available to ASA members when it is published. McGraw-Hill Construction partnered with ASA and 13 other construction associations in the United States to conduct the survey.
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