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BIM Technology Takes Hold

Home Channel News reports on a study by McGraw-Hill Construction that “architects, engineers, contractors and owners are increasingly embracing Building Information Modeling (BIM) in their building projects.  Comparing results from its similar research in 2007 and 2009, McGraw-Hill Construction found that the percentage of companies using BIM jumped from 17% in 2007, to 49% in 2009, to 71% in 2012.”  That means almost three quarters of the companies involved in construction are using BIM.  Their sophistication ranges from conflict resolution and avoidance to “lay down” space on restricted sites, scheduling and beyond.

Several contractors have created “BIM Caves” where clients, prospects, peers and workers can be brought to see the BIM in action.  Few interior subs are using it, but some, like Marek Brothers in Houston, are using it for work with their contractor clients and with owners.

Other points made by the McGraw Hill study included:

  • 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 more than 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 of experience using it.


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