334BIM 2016

Wide Acceptance Of BIM By 2016

BIM – i.e. Building Information Modeling has become vernacular amidst the AEC industry professionals. The rate at which BIM adoption increased over the years is spectacular.

However, NBS (they are closely monitoring the BIM growth rate for the past five years) annual BIM survey furnishes rather surprising results.The survey reveals that adoption rates have fallen from 54% (last year) to 48% (this year).


Is this really a sign that BIM has lost its luster?Or is the industry experiencing the late majority phenomenon, where everyone is waiting for early adopters to set the stage?Or is BIM; that was climbing uphill, experiencing a plateau, as the survey results represent minor fluctuations that it has encountered?


Amidst all these speculations one issue that stands out – and will prove to be a major hurdle in the path of further BIM adoption is skill shortage! There is a serious lack of expertise and training for BIM.


Well some may argue… that BIM is just a tool and architectural and engineering expertise is important. Here when we say BIM expertise, it does not mean that engineering and architectural capabilities can be compromised, it refers to training architects and engineers who have profound knowledge of construction practices and building design to develop/deliver/use BIM.


BIM Design/Construction Support


BIM gives architects and engineers the freedom to innovate and improves the way facilities are designed. Building information modeling makes it easy for our clients to detail and articulate the design content at a great level of clarity. With BIM – buildings are not just designed to look better and provide better occupant comfort, but also so that they perform better in terms of energy utilization and sustainability.


Besides, new and integrated project delivery objectives are can also be adopted; rework and expensive delays can be reduced, gaining high returns on investment. BIM benefits are proven and those who have adopted it can endorse.


According to the survey –

  • 59% BIM adopters see cost efficiencies as a major benefit
  • 56% think it improves project outcomes
  • 51% said it expedites the project delivery
  • 48% said they experienced increased profitability

However, those who have not yet adopted BIM, look at it as a major money guzzler, however what they fail to see is the benefits that it gives in return.


This again is because of several BIM related misconceptions and often because there are people – expert engineers / architects / contractors who still want to resort to the traditional design / documentation / construction practices and are apprehensive about the role of BIM in building design and construction. Nonetheless, the government has mandated BIM for public sector undertakings, and this will hopefully help the BIM consciousness penetrate through to the private sector clients.


Bhushan Avsatthi

About Author: Bhushan Avsatthi is an Associate Director at Hi-Tech Outsourcing Services. Bhushan imbibes the prophecy of efficient and prudent use of energy in his day to day life and advices his team to do so as well. He is also involved in green initiatives like nonprofit tree plantation project and promotes using cycles for commuting small distances. Bhushan, handles a team of architects, Structural and MEP engineers, LEED consultants and Energy modeling experts.