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 But what happens when a process that worked great in the past becomes outdated?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.
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:
McGraw Hill Construction recently published its first SmartMarket Report on the adoption and use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) for construction projects worldwide. The report focuses on nine of the world’s 10 largest construction markets – Australia and New Zealand, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, the U.K., and the U.S. – and analyzes significant amounts of data on industry trends. McGraw Hill surveyed a total of 727 contractors across these countries in researching the report. You can download The Business Value of BIM for Construction in Major Global Markets here.
McGraw Hill’s findings are reflected in the BIM experience of Aconex – over half of all new construction projects on the Aconex platform now involve cross-organizational teams working on BIM models. The SmartMarket Report states that from 2007 to 2012, BIM adoption in North America jumped from 28% to 71%, while the region’s contractors recently passed architects on the adoption curve (74% to 70%). The conclusion is that contractors will continue to drive BIM innovation, metrics and value throughout the U.S. and Canada. Continue reading