According to AIA's biannual report “The Business of Architecture 2016,” 96 percent of large firms, 72 percent of midsized firms, and 28 percent of small firms utilize one or more BIM software programs.
U.S. construction sector's BIM usage 2019
This statistic shows the uses of building information modeling (BIM) in the construction sector of the United States as of summer 2019. As of that time, some 49 percent of the surveyed builders stated that they use BIM in their companies for visualizations.
The building information modelling (BIM) has received increased attention in the construction sector. BIM is becoming a widespread and common approach in the design, construction and maintenance of building facilities.
According to National BIM Report 2018, 20% of the industry has adopted BIM since 2016 mandate. Almost three-quarters are now using BIM, a 12% increase since last year, which is the highest year-on-year growth since 2014.
People I've spoken with inside and outside Autodesk say that virtually every large practice in the U.S. uses Revit to produce BIM deliverables—with estimates as high as 90% of U.S. firms and upwards of 80% of U.K. firms.
Approximately 70% of construction companies use BIM at different levels. However, between 70 and 80% of them are architects and design companies. The average maturity level is level 2, but level 1 is still widely used. Several high-profile projects are using level 3.
It's generally used by architects, structural engineers, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineers, designers, and contractors. Autodesk Revit allows users to create, edit, and review 3D models in exceptional detail.
Currently, the United States doesn't have requirements for BIM on a national level. We have seen steps at the local level to increase BIM use, though. In 2010, for example, Wisconsin became the first state to require BIM on publicly-funded projects with a budget over $5 million.
A survey that investigated BIM adoption at the company level, BIM implementation in projects, benefits of using BIM, and obstacles to using BIM was distributed to architects, site engineers, structural engineers, mechanical engineers, and contractors across the United States.
In the UK, BIM is mandatory for every public project. Things are different in Germany, France, and Italy. Paris pushed for the so-called Digital Transition Plan for Construction, which aims to fully implement BIM methodology throughout the country by the year 2022.
BIM integrates multi-disciplinary data to create detailed digital representations that are managed in an open cloud platform for real-time collaboration. Using BIM gives you greater visibility, better decision-making, more sustainable options, and cost-savings on AEC projects.
Using Building Information Modelling (BIM) is so important in construction because it's a holistic process that can improve every aspect of a project. BIM enables design, construction and engineering teams to work together using digital technologies. This usually leads to better outcomes overall.
As BIM Level 2 is now seen as the minimum requirement for any company that wishes to collaborate on government projects, it's increasingly necessary that it continues to meet these standards. With BIM Level 3 compliance expected by 2025, companies must now continue to plan how they will introduce the technology.
The adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM) has influenced the traditional methods of planning, design, construction and operation of a physical asset. Organizations in Canada have adopted BIM to improve designs, foster stakeholder collaboration, and facilitate construction processes.
The UK is widely perceived to be a global leader in the adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology. In 2019, almost 70% of all construction industry professionals were using BIM on projects, and most of the rest were well aware of its existence.
As of 2019, Canada is the only G7 country without a national BIM mandate. Instead, the BIM momentum is being driven outward from the middle by the design community. As the visibility of BIM grows, the push upstream to owners and downstream to contractors is making evident the value of BIM processes and efficiencies.
Some examples of BIM adoption in Australia
The Australian government demands BIM as a key requirement in all major calls for tenders, particularly the more complex or expensive ones. For this reason, BIM has widely been used for several recent government projects, such as the new Perth Stadium.
AutoCAD has been a major player in this sector for several years and there is no doubt that Revit will replace AutoCAD somewhere in the future due to high expectations from architects and engineers but AutoCAD will stick around in some shape or the other.
As a tool with BIM capabilities, Revit is more data-intensive than AutoCAD.
If you want to master Revit, you can expect the full process to take up to a year. If you learn the program in phases, you'll find it's not difficult at all. Start with the layout of the software and all of the tools first, which can take about three months.
Architects and large contractors in the UK have adopted BIM usage and technology with greater enthusiasm than services engineers, facilities managers and smaller contractors. In March 2016, the UK government's budget made mention of a further commitment to the adoption of Level 3 BIM usage in the future.
The Italian Ministry of Infrastructure has introduced an initial plan for making BIM mandatory from 2019, but solely for projects above 100 million. This marks the first of a series of a several deadlines, ending with full implementation by 2022, when BIM will become mandatory for all public procurement projects.
BIM will be mandatory from 1.1. 2022 for state and municipal property acquired by construction. The aim is to use BIM data for asset management.