Report: Contractors surpass architects in BIM adoption

Source: McGraw-Hill Construction, New York City

During the BIMForum in Tacoma, Wash., McGraw-Hill Construction presented highlights of new research showing the rapid advance of Building Information Modeling (BIM) usage by architects, engineers, contractors and owners in North America. Comparing results from similar work in 2007 and 2009, it finds:

  • The percentage of companies using BIM jumped from 17 percent in 2007, to 49 percent in 2009, to 71 percent in 2012;
  • For the first time ever, more contractors (74 percent) are using BIM than architects (70 percent);
  • All users report increased business benefits from BIM, including better profits, more accurate documentation, less rework, reduced project duration, fewer claims and the ability to offer new services;
  • Almost 40 percent of BIM users are heavily committed to it, performing over 60 percent of their work in BIM;
  • As a sign of its increasing acceptance and maturity, almost half (49 percent) of BIM users have five or more years experience using it.

“This unique multi-year trend data demonstrates clearly that BIM is taking hold in the design and construction industry because it has proven business value,” says Stephen Jones, Senior Director at McGraw-Hill Construction and lead author of the research.

“This research confirms the wide acceptance and commitment to BIM, even during one of the most challenging times for the AEC industry,” adds Phil Bernstein, FAIA and vice president, strategic industry relations at Autodesk, McGraw-Hill Construction’s premier research partner. “The results confirm what we are hearing from our customers on the positive impact BIM-based process change is having on the design, construction and operations of their projects.”

The full research results will appear in The Business Value of BIM in North America SmartMarket Report, part of the continuing McGraw-Hill Construction SmartMarket Report series and released to the general public in late November at