In a previous post, “Big Incentive for Change in the Construction Industry”, we highlighted the low level of R&D investment – typically less than 1% of revenues – current within the construction industry. Analysts agree that growth and innovation within the sector requires the development and deployment of digital technologies. Chief among these is BIM, or building information modeling.
The development of good habits, instinctive behaviors that allow a person to flawlessly complete complex tasks, is the key to the success of any major endeavor, from running a major corporation to overseeing a construction megaproject.
In the context of top-performing project teams, individual habits add up to project-wide processes. Teams with the most efficient processes have the most successful projects. But what happens when a process that worked great in the past becomes outdated? This is the challenge facing teams on construction projects of all sizes as the industry’s growing adoption of cloud + mobile technologies allows for new, more collaborative approaches.
“We must learn to overcome paradigms that worked in the past but that new technological, social or market contexts make obsolete,” the organizers of the European BIM Summit declared when they announced the conference last year.
Open BIM is transforming design, construction and handover, bringing a new era of collaboration and efficient exchange of information between project stakeholders. Too often in the past, traditional BIM tools resulted in disconnected teams, disconnected data and considerable project waste.
Designed to Open BIM standards, a new generation of BIM tools allows users to publish models in a single click, speed up design coordination, track every decision and, with version control, have confidence that teams are working off of the latest information. All using only a web browser. Connected BIM from Aconex is one such solution.
This week McGraw Hill Construction released its SmartMarket Report on The Business Value of BIM in Australia and New Zealand. The report, sponsored by Aconex and other partners, surveys 435 design and construction industry professionals in the ANZ region, including both BIM and non-BIM practitioners. Among the world’s major construction markets assessed in a previous McGraw Hill report, ANZ ranks third behind the U.S. and South Korea in percentage of BIM users with more than three years of experience in the discipline.
Fifty-one percent of ANZ users are currently engaged with BIM on more than 30% of their projects – and this is expected to grow to 74% by 2015. Over the same period, the percentage of contractors implementing BIM on at least a third of their projects will double, from 33% to 66%. By comparison, 61% of designers use BIM on 30% or more of their projects today, and 56% will implement it on over 60% of their projects by 2015.
The U.K. mandate for the implementation of Level 2 BIM on all government infrastructure projects by 2016 is “unachievable.” This is the conclusion of an industry survey conducted by Pinsent Masons LLP, a U.K. law firm that provides advisory services for construction, engineering and other sectors.
The firm surveyed representatives of 70 different organizations in the U.K. infrastructure industry. The results are striking: