McGraw-Hill Construction has published at report about BIM usage in the US.
While individual adopters may be enjoying av variety of benefits from these “point solutions”, the industry as a whole is being held back from a quantum advance because the tools, powerful as they are in thir own right, don’t pass information seamlessly among themselves. This situation is made even less tolerable because out industry is also rapidly adopting principles and practices of integrated project delivery which strive to elimenate long-standing inefficiencies and avoid oft-repeated problems by sharing knowledge and collaborating earliger in the process with all members of the design, construction and operations lifestyles. As people are learning to work and communicate more effectively for the overall benefit of both their companies and their projects, their IT tools need to evolve to support this new way of doing business.
The report tries to identify the main reasons why not all participants are using BIMs. The top five(ordered from most cited reason and down) are:
1. Too few firms are using it
2. Cost associated with implementing necessary tools
3. Training time associated with implementing necessary tools
4. Cost of software
5. Lack of interoperability
The first reason is a classical “catch 22” situation.. but fortunately the report shows that BIM usage is accelerating.