BIM adoption is on the rise across the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. According to a new Dodge Data & Analytics report that surveyed BIM (Building Information Modeling) users in seven major regions of the world, more than half began using BIM in 2016 or later, with most of them coming on board since 2018.
While architects were the first to use BIM, with 31% adopting it in 2012 or earlier, the most recent adopters are civil engineers. More than 70% of them have started using BIM since 2016—an increase that reflects the growing use of BIM in infrastructure projects.
But designers and contractors aren’t just embracing BIM; they’re embracing emerging technologies, as well. Nearly all BIM users (94%) are leveraging at least one emerging technology, which the report defines as tools and technologies that enable design intelligence, new construction methods, jobsite innovations, and smart buildings. The most popular emerging technology is model-based simulation: One-third of BIM users are employing it now, and 19% expect to invest in it within the next few years.
Other widely used technologies include extended reality, 3D printing, and reality capture, but no emerging technology shows more promise than generative design: 20% of BIM users are taking advantage of it now, and the same percentage expect to invest in it soon. Check out the infographic below to learn more about the pivotal role BIM plays in an overall digital transformation strategy.