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Aliya Jennifer
Aliya Jennifer
Aliya Jennifer writes for BIMhub, a platform that encourages all players of the AEC industry to collaborate throughout the building life cycle from creation, maintenance, amortization and depreciation.

Expected BIM Trends in 2013

December 20th, 2012 by Aliya Jennifer

BIM Trends for 2013

According to a study       conducted by McGraw-Hill Construction, around 71 percent of the AEC companies in North America are using building information modeling (BIM) technology, as of 2012. Among the companies using BIM, nearly 50 percent have been using it for more than five years, while around 40 percent are implementing it in more than 60 percent of their projects.

Another survey, conducted by Design Master Software Inc. in 2012, among 74 engineers and designers from the US, Canada, and several other countries, revealed that around 62 percent of the respondents are already using 3D-BIM. Moreover, around 75 percent of those who are not using this technology said that they expect to use it on more than half of their projects during 2013, 2014 and 2015, while another 30 percent said that they will use 3D-BIM in all their upcoming projects in the next three years.

How the AEC Industry is Going to Adopt BIM in 2013

According to a report by PikeResearch, BIM adoption rate among AEC companies will continue to rise in 2013, mainly due to the growing demand for high performance buildings. According to the report, BIM is expected to generate more than $2,000 million in revenues next year. Here are some major reasons for an increasing number of AEC firm to adopting BIM in 2013 and beyond.

  • BIM enables architects, engineers and contractors to use information-rich models to plan, design, construct and manage building and infrastructure projects more efficiently than ever before.
  • BIM helps reduce rework, saves time and cost, and improves productivity and accuracy.
  • BIM enables architects and engineers to create well planned and detailed construction documents.
  • BIM makes post-construction management easier and hassle free.

Implementing BIM – Key Challenges Facing the AEC Industry

According to the report, Smart Buildings: Top Trends to Watch in 2012 and Beyond, by PikeResearch, AEC companies may face the following challenges when implementing BIM in 2013.

  • Overcoming resistance to change – A lot of AEC firms are accustomed to using conventional construction processes. It may take some time for them to understand the benefits of adopting BIM.
  • Training – Implementing BIM will require providing training to managers and employees. Some companies may face problems in finding BIM experts. Moreover, training will require investing time and money.
  • Defining roles – Effective implementation of BIM requires each employee to recognize his/her roles and responsibilities. This could further increase the burden on AEC companies.

As the year progresses, the open approach to BIM is likely to evolve, with better integration of data from different participants and more seamless exchange of information with minimal data loss. A larger number of project owners will begin demanding BIM, so AEC firms should gear up for sustainable designs, delivery process innovation and interoperable building information.


About the Author: Hi, I’m Aliya Jennifer from, a One-Stop-BIM platform. BIMhub aims to empower architects, engineers, constructors and facility managers by offering high-end BIM solutions. To know more about BIM services, please visit our site.

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