BIM Gaining Ground in Transportation Infrastructure

Posted: 5/19/2017

The new report updates a previous SmartMarket Report from 2012 on the value of BIM for infrastructure in the US, which showed that its use on all types of infrastructure projects significantly lagged vertical building construction. However, the new study suggests that BIM is well on its way to becoming established for transportation in the US and European markets.

"Dodge has been closely tracking the growth of BIM for buildings globally since 2007," says Steve Jones, Senior Director of Industry Insights Research at Dodge Data & Analytics, "and we have seen steady growth in both its usage and the tangible business benefits that its users receive. It is exciting to now see a similar pattern rapidly taking shape for transportation infrastructure, and the dramatic global growth expected for that segment is certain to accelerate this trend."

"This report makes clear that BIM is not only for building design, but a 'must have' for transportation infrastructure projects," says Nicolas Mangon, Vice President of AEC Business Strategy at Autodesk. "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 (87 percent) of BIM users in the study 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.

In addition to improving project performance, most users report that having BIM capability yields important internal benefits to their own businesses, which include:

Increasing revenue by expanding their ability to offer services (56 percent), and maintaining business with past clients (52 percent)
Conducting their business more effectively by improving the ability to teach younger staff about how projects go together (58 percent), establishing a consistent and repeatable project delivery process (54 percent), and, for design professionals, spending less time documenting and more time designing (50 percent).
Despite the fact that many of the respondents - especially those in France, Germany and the UK - are relatively new to the use of BIM, nearly two thirds (65 percent) believe that they experience a positive ROI from their BIM use, and more than one quarter (28 percent) believe that ROI is 25 percent or greater.

In addition to these top findings, the report features projects that exemplify the value being gained from BIM, including for rail, airports and smart roadways. Other articles in the report explore how BIM is of particular value to infrastructure owners, from the ways it can support city planning efforts to asset management long after construction is complete, including a case study on an ambitious project to model Glen Canyon Dam. The SmartMarket Report also includes a summary of the use of BIM and the value it provides in the four countries included in the study: France, Germany, the UK and the US.

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