This article was first published in 2013 and updated in 2021.
Anyone associated to the construction industry is aware that Building Information management (BIM) software solutions are more commonplace than ever - and with good reason. Over the past few years, the AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) market has experienced a massive transformation and BIM has been a huge driver of change.
BIM is not really a software, but more of a digital workflow powered by software. It is an intelligent process that optimizes the whole life cycle of a project. This includes all aspects from design, to construction, and can also model ongoing operations and maintenance.
BIM software collects data and models a real-world representation of buildings and infrastructure before they are constructed. The modeling can even show models of the project during construction, and after completion.
More than just 3D, BIM takes it even further to model and show 4D (incorporating time) and 5D (showcasing costs).
BIM is Needed for Continued Construction Growth
The construction industry certainly felt the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic. Strict lockdowns led to a decline in projects. However, despite the challenges presented by COVID 19 and related economic constraints, the global construction market is still expected to grow by 85% by 2030.
Much of this projected growth is related to some large and complex giant tunnel projects like the Marmaray Tunnel - Turkey and the Gotthard Base Tunnel – Switzerland. Projects like these require incredible design efficiency and accuracy. In essence, they are perfect for BIM.
According to an ASC Technology Solutions report, the current size of the BIM market is $5.2 Billion and is estimated to grow to $15.06 Billion by the year 2027. That shows that the entire BIM market is growing at a rate of 14.3% CAGR in a seven-year window.
Large global projects have led to even more greater needs of collaboration among project partners. Since this alliance can easily transcend national borders, it is important that all parties adhere to the same standards.
OpenBIM is a collaborative process that is a vendor-neutral collaborative process that extends the benefits of BIM in the built asset industry. The OpenBIM concept is promoted by the nonprofit Building Smart International – an organization dedicated to delivering improvement by the creation and adoption of open, international standards, and solutions for infrastructure and buildings.
You can learn more about OpenBIM here.
Getting Started with BIM
Obviously, BIM is a big deal. If your company has not yet made the move, it can seem daunting. With so many choices, which is the right one for you and your company.
This insightful article showcases the 10 Best BIM Software Solutions as ranked by Project Manager News.
BricsCAD BIM – a Solid BIM Alternative
BricsCAD BIM by Bricsys, is a complete end-to-end BIM Solution for design, construction, and documentation. It is different from other BIM solutions because it harnesses the dynamic power of DWG files for 3D modeling.
You can experience design freedom with a 3D workflow, not limited by pre-defined parts or libraries components. Use intuitive push-pull direct modeling to sculpt your mass-model concept.
Models remain light and responsive because they are not over-loaded or over-constrained.
BricsCAD is based on native DWG for the highest compatibility with other CAD users across all industries.