How BIM Is Shaping Infrastructure Projects

Commitment to BIM (building information modeling) is skyrocketing among firms who use it, with 52 percent now reporting they deploy it on more than half their projects, versus only 20 percent of them implementing it at that high level just two years ago.

A new Report from Dodge Data & Analytics shows the use of BIM is increasing in the horizontal construction market. Contractors who are aware of this and implement BIM in these types of projects will have an advantage in the market.

This report updates a previous report on the value of BIM for infrastructure in the U.S., which showed that its use on all types of infrastructure projects lagged vertical building construction. It is suggesting that BIM is well on its way to becoming established for transportation in the U.S. and European markets.

BIM is not only for building design, but a 'must have' for transportation infrastructure projects. With a significant portion of the world's transportation infrastructure funded by taxpayers. BIM reduces risk and waste, enabling a more responsible way to design, build, operate, and maintain roads, bridges, and public transit systems.

The majority of BIM users report that they are receiving positive value from their use of BIM, and most believe that they have only begun to experience its full potential. Critical benefits reported by users include fewer errors, less rework, and greater cost predictability, all of which improve project delivery for transportation infrastructure.

Despite the fact that many are relatively new to the use of BIM, nearly two-thirds believe they experience a positive ROI (return on investment) from their BIM use, and more than one-quarter believe that ROI is 25% or greater. Using BIM to improve construction projects is the wave of the future in the industry.

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