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BIM is at the heart of AEC industry's shift to Digital.

Construction Tech Review | Friday, January 21, 2022

A detailed examination shows that BIM is at the heart of architecture, engineering, and construction evolution to a data-driven sector.

FREMONT, CA:Building information modelling (BIM) is at the heart of the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) initiative which is increasingly becoming a data-driven sector. A study was made to thoroughly examine the overview of how AEC is deploying BIM, and leveraging the data from models and processes to help make better decisions and effectively influence integrated digital workflows among project team members. The correlation between the engagement with data-driven BIM processes, the intensity of BIM use the percentage of projects on which BIM is used and the degree to which the benefits of adopting BIM are experienced is one of the study's most important conclusions.

Significant benefits are realized at a much greater degree by architects and engineers who are heavily engaged with BIM. Business benefits include higher client satisfaction and design quality, risk reduction through increased stakeholder buy-in and decreased errors and rework, and additional valuable sustainability and operational efficiency benefits. Furthermore, contractors with a greater engagement with BIM also experience various essential benefits than those who are less engaged. Some of the business benefits include improved win rates and a higher percentage of successful projects, quality benefits such as less number of constructability issues on site and fewer defects at handover, and various safety benefits, schedules, and cost controls.

The findings of this analysis are consistent with customers' feedback, they all agreed that the more they embrace BIM, the greater the benefits they see. Moreover, BIM is the backbone of the industry's digital transformation, from design to operations, and as owners begin to look forward to the digital twin future, all stakeholders should begin their digital journey now. The design and construction sectors are continuing to experiment with the use of data and digital tools to improve project outcomes. Study also concludes that, BIM is an important element of the digital transformation path, with around half - 47 percent - of high-intensity BIM users approaching or are close to attaining the goal of digital transformation, compared to only 26 percent of BIM users overall.

 

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