US: Building Information Modeling (BIM) has achieved incredible penetration in the vertical construction market in North America and in several Northern European and Asian countries. The McGraw-Hill Construction report Business Value of BIM in North America 2012 reports that overall Adoption of BIM has increased from 17% in 2007 to 71% in 2012, which represents 45% growth over the last 3 years.
A McGraw-Hill SmartMarket Report suggests that BIM is also beginning to significantly impact the infrastructure or horizontal construction industry. In 2009 73% of firms reported no or low use of BIM on infrastructure projects. In 2013, only 21% of firms reported low or no use of BIM on horizontal projects. A recent 2014 McGraw Hill Construction report analyzes survey data collected from construction companies that use BiM. The survey was conducted in nine of the world’s important construction markets. The data and analysis in this report are based on an online survey conducted with 727 contractors in ten countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US).
According to the McGraw Hill analysis while BIM implementation has been underway for a long time in Canada, France, Germany, UK and the US some of the areas where BIM is just starting to penetrate markets including Australia, Brazil, Japan, Korea and New Zealand, are outperforming the more mature markets in several key categories of the research, such as ROI, commitment to investment, offering innovative new services and expanding the use of BIM to non-building projects like mining and manufacturing.
For all countries involved in this research, the top benefit of BIM was reducing errors and omissions, which also enhances other downstream benefits such as reducing rework, construction cost and overall project duration. Leveraging BIM to improve collaboration with owners and design firms scored very highly with over a third (35%) of contractors. This reflects the trend toward greater integration among all team members on model-oriented projects.
Source: Geoff Zeiss (Geospatial Blogs)