BIM For Infrastructure On The Rise

BIM for InfrastructureWe love reports here on our Adris blog so I thought I'd bring you another one just as a special treat! Aren't you lucky!

Earlier this year McGraw Hill Construction published a smart market report entitled The Business Value of BIM for Infrastructure: Addressing America's Infrastructure Challenges with Collaboration and Technology. Yes it's based on America's BIM industry but it still has relevance to your marketplace.

Till now this blog has focused on BIM being implemented in the construction and manufacturing sectors but as BIM is set to rapidly transform the infrastructure industry in the next few years it is the perfect time to discuss BIM's makeover on this industry so far.

A surplus of terms have been created for BIM for infrastructure, such as Civil BIM or CIM, virtual design and construction (VDC) and Heavy BIM but all refer to the same proficiency of creating models in three dimensions or more in order to implement collaboration in a project and enhance efficiency.

In a previous McGraw Hill Report (The Business Value of BIM for Construction in Major Global Markets: How Contractors Around the World Are Driving Innovation With Building Information Modelling) it was found that 20% of non-building project types surveyed were using BIM in the infrastructure industry – highways/roads, bridges, tunnels, dams and water/wastewater. This information came from ten countries including The UK, US, Australia, Germany and New Zealand and more which shows a diverse world view.

In the current report it was found that 67% of all BIM users in the US reported a positive ROI for BIM use on infrastructure projects and 77% more contractors reported a positive ROI than any other industry player.

This has to be positive news for you as an infrastructure business that is thinking about investing in BIM or has already made the change.

The top benefits that were identified in the report to encourage businesses to adopt include more accurate construction documents, reduced construction costs, improved schedules and communication.

The fundamental point to take away from this research is that exposure to BIM on vertical building projects increases the likelihood of BIM for infrastructure as well. So if you are involved with the construction industry then it would be essential to add this skill to your business for current and potential customers.

For more information go to our BIM for Infrastructure page or take a look at our BIM Resources page for general information on Building Information Modelling.

Read the 60 page report here.

If you are in the infrastructure industry then one of our experts will be more than happy to discuss your BIM needs with you on 023 8086 8947. If you have any enquiries, please send us a message:

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