Scope Of Bim in the Future and its Global Growth Rate

Sanjana Aggarwal

Writer at Oneistox

July 20

6 mins read

What is the scope of BIM in the AEC industry? Why should AEC professionals adopt this technology? What actually is BIM? Many questions still surround them even as BIM processes are fast becoming the norm in the industry. We answer these burning questions while exploring important global growth trends in Building Information Modelling.

What is BIM?

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is an approach to design that helps create and exchange data information about a building among different project participants. Based on this information, you can manage the complete cycle of the building in a more efficient and error-free way.

Digitally documenting a building using BIM software not only makes it easier to plan and construct the building, but also has its advantages for the end user, once the building is constructed. Good quality information will save time, and money in daily operations, maintenance, and transactions in buildings. With the advantages it offers over traditional building methods, BIM processes are fast becoming the norm.

The Future of BIM, Autodesk infographic (Source: http://construction.autodesk.com/)

Why BIM?

The simple answer to why mastering BIM is essential for upskilling yourself is that BIM processes are here to stay. Due to its undeniable role in making the construction, management, and coordination process more efficient, the future of the construction industry lies with BIM. Not only is it useful for architecture, but it has also proven its effectiveness in many other AEC fields. Studies show that BIM projects see productivity increases in the range of 75 to 240%. Firms that use BIM record project completion times shortened by about 7%

For instance, projects modelled in BIM software can include the real products and materials intended for construction- incorporating information such as geometry, cost, as well as the contact information of vendors into the model!

The value of BIM (Source: http://construction.autodesk.com/)

BIM is Drastically Changing the Projected Growth Rate for Architecture

According to a report by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment demand for architects is projected to grow only 1% from 2019 to 2029.

These bleak statistics are a reflection of technological advancement in the construction sector- improved BIM software are expected to increase architects’ productivity, thereby limiting employment growth. To keep up with these changing demands, it seems important for young architects to familiarise themselves with BIM as early as they can in their careers.

Instead of fearing this role of technology in decreasing the demand for architects, we need to be smart enough to use it to our advantage!

Increasing Demand For BIM Professionals

Although the competition for architectural jobs and internships is high, employers feel that there is a lack of skilled BIM professionals in the industry. This skill gap in the industry can be an effective way to make your application stand out among many others while applying for a job as an architect.

BIM adoption by AEC companies (Source: http://construction.autodesk.com/)

Projected Salary Growth of a BIM Professional

According to CtrSal, the lower range of the annual salary of a BIM manager in India is ₹5.5L per year, which can increase up to ₹7.3L within an experience range of 1-5 years. The higher end of the salary range of an experienced BIM Manager is ₹22L per annum.

According to Indeed, the average salary of a BIM Architect in the US is $78,794 per year. This range can go up to $100,000 annually for architects working in areas which demand higher pay.

BIM Manager Salaries in India (Source: https://www.ctrlsal.in)

Countries Are Making BIM Mandatory for Government Projects

As the global AEC industries are becoming more aware of BIM’s potential, the BIM adoption rate worldwide has also begun increasing, some countries more so than others.

In the UK, only companies that are BIM Level 2 compliant are able to take on government projects! The emphasis on BIM modelling by the central government is making small firms follow suit as well.

BIM is a mandatory procedure in government projects or academic syllabus in other European countries such as Germany, France and Denmark, and the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) in Singapore has made it compulsory to submit BIM plans to get regulatory approval for any construction.

While countries such as India, Australia and China have been slow to fully adopt BIM in the design and construction process, its growing importance in developed countries is a measure of the projected scope of BIM in India.

Benefits of BIM (Source: http://construction.autodesk.com/)

Modelling for a Smarter Future

While architects are used to working on conceptual 3D models that only display the design intent, smart BIM models can represent additional information on how much time it will take to execute each phase of the project, the projected cost and the building’s energy consumption after construction.

Through many such advanced features, BIM allows for better productivity and a smoother functioning between a team of architects, contractors, engineers, and other stakeholders involved in construction.

Keeping all this in mind, don’t you think we’re moving towards the widespread adoption of BIM in the construction industry? We simply cannot escape it, so why not just embrace the change?

To start on your journey as a certified BIM professional, explore Oneistox’s BIM Professional Course. A 24-week comprehensive online course with mentors from leading BIM firms around the world, this is learning currently unparalleled in the architecture, construction and engineering industry. Join us today!

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Sanjana Aggarwal

Architect
Sanjana is a practising architect with a curiosity for knowledge beyond the traditional boundaries of architecture. She is constantly exploring new avenues as she finds it hard to settle on just one thing at a time! Interested in all things design, she would like her design career to be an exciting multidisciplinary journey.

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