What key benefits are design and construction firms realizing by using a BIM process?
This question came from the audience last week at my ASPE - Baltimore BIM presentation; "How BIM Changes Everything".
Building Design + Construction revealed BIM benefits achieved by architects, engineers, contractors, owners; that they derived from their projects. They list benefits that are
- financial, providing project cost savings and improved profitability.
- the firms' competitive edge to winning projects and recruiting talented staff.
- strategic, game-changing processes that are reducing traditional project timelines.
In July 2012, Building Design + Construction released their "Giants 300 | Top 25 Lists of BIM Architectural, Engineering, Construction Firms lists.
“BIM implementation has been a long-term effort and a considerable one,” says Phil Harrison, FAIA, LEED AP, CEO of Perkins+Will. The firm has overcome the technical and training issues and is now “focusing on innovations and efficiencies,” he says.
EYP Architecture & Engineering adopted BIM in 2006, and it has become a core competency. One unexpected benefit: “BIM integration has created more opportunities for younger tech-savvy staff to collaborate with senior technical team members,” says John Pocorobba, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Chief Operations Officer.
McGraw-Hill issued their December 2012 report; The Business Value of BIM in North America 2012. It provides a multi-year trend analysis and user ratings of BIM processes from 2007 to 2012. The 70-page report provides graphs, charts, interviews and the popular business case studies from real BIM-process projects.