In the world of construction, engineering, project management and design, innovation is often the difference between failure and success. For many, the term 'innovation' is difficult to define, and this can leave buildings and infrastructure not receiving that intended 'wow factor' from stakeholders such as clients and governments. The joy of a new building is often diminished by mistakes, re-work, time and budget over runs etc.
This is certainly where BIM fits into the equation. The intelligent model-based process helps firms complete projects up to standard and on budget as well as delivering innovative solutions. Essentially, by getting the right information to the right people, BIM supports greater insight and project control.
Redstack BIM survey
To understand how the trend of BIM is developing in Australia, we surveyed more than 150 professionals across the industries listed above. This included architects, design professionals, BIM professionals and company directors.
Across our respondents, it was interesting to note that 72 (47 per cent) claim they have already completed at least one BIM project, while 30 (20 per cent) were currently implementing this technological approach and 28 (18 per cent) have considered BIM and will implement in the future.
Although 47 percent claim they have completed at least one BIM project, there are many different opinions on what BIM is. We found many people who claim to have completed a BIM project are simply producing a 3D model or practising clash detection, but BIM is much more than this. See presentation by Jack DeCandia for more details: Discover the True Meaning of BIM
Conversely, just 23 respondents (14 per cent) have either decided not to implement or haven't considered this approach at all.
To us at Redstack, this shows a positive sentiment towards the concept of BIM. However, the survey also highlighted that there are many obstacles preventing further adoption moving forward.
Just over a third (35 per cent) of respondents explained that their clients are not requesting BIM, while 16 per cent noted a lack of executive management support. Potentially, this means that education around BIM has to improve for all parties to understand the benefits and advantages of this strategy.
Full survey results
This is just a small portion of what our BIM survey found. To learn further insights, complete the form below to download the full BIM report.