Five BIM Predictions for 2015
- BIM is here to stay: Virtually every large construction firm has an in-house BIM dept. or is getting one and that trend will continue. A factor driving this trend is that new software makes it easier for field teams to update 3D models. We will also experience trickle-down from large construction and architectural firms to mid-sized firms. For most adopters the first step is model coordination, then extending BIM to include laser scanning before and during construction.
- Laser scanning will be used by more contractors: Contractors are migrating from using outsourced services for scanning because in-house scanning departments provide better control over scheduling and quality and will free contractors to do more scans.
- Drone experimentation will continue: Drones are proving to be a useful construction tool, but adjustments in FAA regulations are becoming necessary.
- BIM departments and field teams will work more closely together: In the past, BIM depts. haven’t been involved with actual layout. This is changing with BIM depts. providing field personnel with layout points, training BIM-benefit training and augmentation of field-team services. We will also see more collaboration. Previously layout has be 2D in the field and 3D in house. Those workflows are beginning to come together.
- Subcontractors will have to increase BIM technology adoption: Minimum BIM requirements are being included in more project specifications and general contractors will be making it mandatory for anyone bidding on a job to use BIM and provide 3D drawings.
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