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BIM In Infrastructure: Its Impact On A|E|C Firms & Owners

by Sami Barry

BIM's popularity has been growing among the architecture, engineering and construction (A/E/C) industry over the past few years. During the economic downturn, many A/E/C companies were reluctant to initiate spending time and money on instituting BIM and integrating it into their services. Those players who did make the transition are seeing its benefits and strong returns on their investments.

A market that is taking advantage of this technology is infrastructure. Recently, McGraw-Hill published a report, “The Business Value of BIM for Infrastructure”, which is based upon a survey the organization conducted in late 2011 of A/E/C firms and owners. The report discusses the current state of BIM in this particular market and how the technology is poised to transform it in the upcoming years.

The charts below illustrate McGraw-Hill's findings on the implementation of BIM in the infrastructure sector in late 2011, how it has grown in recent years by project type and what we can expect of BIM  in the future.

Within the report, McGraw-Hill noted the top benefits of BIM within A/E/C firms, which are:

  • Competitive advantage in winning more projects.

  • Overall better project outcomes.

  • Reduction of errors in construction documents.

  • Diversification of services.

For owners, top benefits realized are:

  • Overall better project outcomes.

  • Reduction in rework.

  • Fewer claims and litigation.

  • Reduced errors in documents.

In the years ahead, BIM will continue to impact all markets but it will be especially interesting to see how it affects infrastructure simply because this sector is so sensitive to our country's economy and is in such dire need of attention. BIM will undoubtedly become a necessity for A/E/C firms as competition continues to grow and owners increasingly demand its use.

Sources: Environmental Leader, McGraw-Hill, Pike Research.