As one of the fastest moving initiatives in the commercial industry, Building Information Modeling (BIM) is an innovative approach to integrating the design, construction and management of a product.

  • Recent studies revealed:
    Over 50% of architects, engineers, contractors and owners are utilizing BIM at moderate levels or higher.
  • Architects are the heaviest users of BIM with 43% using it on more than 60% of their projects (that number is expected to grow throughout 2009).
  • 77% of BIM users are involved in at least a moderate number of green projects.
  • Half of the industry is using BIM or BIM-related tools today — a 75% increase in usage over the past two years.
  • 42% of non-users believe that BIM will be highly or very highly important to the industry in five years.
  • One in five users who formally measure ROI see returns above 50%, while 9% of users who
  • formally measure ROI see returns above 100%.

BIM (Building Information Modeling) is changing the world and has also created a burden for manufacturers to supply data to the architects in a different format. This does not mean manufacturers need to forget about the simpler CAD drawings they have been supplying in the past. There will always be a need for these drawings. Actually, in the BIM format, a manufacturer should be supplying a link to their CAD file (shop drawing) as a way of providing the information part of the ‘I’ in BIM

As a manufacturer you may be asking, ‘Why do we need to provide BIM data?’ The answer is simple, the world of architecture and design is changing and it is changing fast. Right now we have two states, Wisconsin and Texas, mandating that all their government projects must be a BIM format. Many architects are stating that your product(s) will not get specified unless you provide BIM data. I will also add that a properly developed BIM model will put a manufacturer’s product specifications in front of the architect, which in turn, greatly increases the chance of getting that product specified.

However – not all projects will be in BIM. You will have some architects that will not move to the BIM format, projects that will not demand it and there are all of the existing buildings that may have expansion plans and already have documentation in CAD formats. With the understanding that BIM is a new format that is here to stay, it’s important to acknowledge the need to provide CAD drawings and shop drawings will not be going away any time soon.

The following are links to information supporting the use of BIM by architects:

BIM adoption rate exceeds 80% among nation’s largest AEC firms

SmartMarket Report on Building Information Modeling (BIM)

First Wisconsin, now Texas mandates BIM for state projects

Patrick Johnson

Source: CAD Enhancement, Inc. – The Future of CAD with the World of BIM
Go to Source: CAD Enhancement, Inc.