Building Information Modeling Use Increasing

At a national meeting of the BIMForum in Tacoma, Wash., McGraw-Hill Construction presented highlights of its new research showing the rapid advance of Building Information Modeling (BIM) usage by architects, engineers, contractors and owners in North America. Comparing results from its similar research in 2007 and 2009, McGraw-Hill Construction finds:

  • The percentage of companies using BIM jumped from 17 percent in 2007 to 49 percent in 2009 to 71 percent in 2012;
  • For the first time ever more contractors (74 percent) are using BIM than architects (70 percent);
  • All users report increased business benefits from BIM, including better profits, more accurate documentation, less rework, reduced project duration, fewer claims and the ability to offer new services; 
  • Almost 40 percent of BIM users are heavily committed to it, doing more than 60 percent of their work in BIM. This group has surged by 44 percent since 2009;
  • As a sign of its increasing acceptance and maturity, almost half (49 percent) of BIM users have five or more years experience using it.

“This unique multi-year trend data demonstrates clearly that BIM is taking hold in the design and construction industry because it has proven business value,” says Stephen Jones, senior director at McGraw-Hill Construction and lead author of the research.

“This research confirms the wide acceptance and commitment to BIM, even during one of the most challenging times for the AEC industry,” says Phil Bernstein, FAIA, and vice president, strategic industry relations at Autodesk. “The results confirm what we are hearing from our customers on the positive impact BIM-based process change is having on the design, construction and operations of their projects.”

The full results of this research will appear in The Business Value of BIM in North America SmartMarket Report, part of the continuing McGraw-Hill Construction SmartMarket Report series and released to the general public at the end of November 2012 at