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Dodge Data & Analytics

The value of BIM in Infrastructure 2017 SmartMarket

The 2017 Dodge Data & Analytics SmartMarket report explores the use of BIM, the level of implementation, and the value BIM provides for owners, engineers and contractors in transportation infrastructure for France, Germany, United Kingdom and United States.

Transportation segments

Based on a study of 368 infrastructure professionals, surveyed respondents worked on projects in the infrastructure segments shown below. The report also features projects that exemplify value gained from BIM including rail, airports and smart roadways. Other articles in the report explore how BIM is valuable to infrastructure owners including city planning, asset management and more.

  • 75%

    Bridges and tunnels

  • 62%

    Roads and highways

  • 49%

    Aviation

  • 49%

    Other infrastructure

  • 45%

    Rail and transit

LEVEL OF IMPLEMENTATION

52% of those surveyed say they deploy BIM in over half of their projects, versus only 20% implementing at that level two years ago. Level of implementation at greater than 50% has shown increase in each country.

All respondents combined

2015

2017

2015

% of projects

  • 1-49%

  • 50-74%

  • 75-100%

  • 67%
  • 13%
  • 7%

2017

% of projects

  • 1-49%

  • 50-74%

  • 75-100%

  • 44%
  • 35%
  • 17%

USA

% of projects

  • 1-49%

  • 50-74%

  • 75-100%

  • 66%
  • 11%
  • 13%
  • 42%
  • 25%
  • 30%

UK

% of projects

  • 1-49%

  • 50-74%

  • 75-100%

  • 65%
  • 12%
  • 8%
  • 44%
  • 37%
  • 17%

Germany

% of projects

  • 1-49%

  • 50-74%

  • 75-100%

  • 70%
  • 16%
  • 3%
  • 52%
  • 41%
  • 7%

France

% of projects

  • 1-49%

  • 50-74%

  • 75-100%

  • 66%
  • 16%
  • 1%
  • 43%
  • 41%
  • 7%

AUTHORING MODELS

Level of involvement with BIM could mean authoring models or using models authored by others. For those implementing BIM, greater than 50% of their projects included authoring models.

  • Authoring models

  • Using models created by others

USA

21%
55%

Total (%)

76%

UK

17%
59%

76%

Germany

14%
60%

Total (%)

74%

France

21%
60%

81%

BENEFITS OF BIM

In the 2017 Business Value of BIM for Infrastructure SmartMarket Report, the majority (87 percent) of BIM users in the study report that they are receiving positive value from their use of BIM. Most believe that they have only just begun to experience the full potential.

  • 34%

    Fewer errors

  • 22%

    Greater cost predictability

  • 21%

    Better understanding

  • 16%

    Improved schedule

  • 8%

    Optimized design

HIGHEST VALUE PROJECT ACTIVITIES

BIM

58% 57% 53% 48% 46% 45% 43% 41%
  • Workforce/labor planning

  • 4d scheduling/schedule control

  • Submittal process

  • Cost estimation/cost control

  • Spatial coordination

  • Client review and approval

  • Structural analysis

  • Quantity take-off

RETURN ON INVESTMENT

Despite the fact that many of the respondents - especially those in France, Germany and United Kingdom are relatively new to the use of BIM, nearly two-thirds (65 percent) believe that they experience positive ROI from using BIM. And more than one-quarter (28 percent) believe that ROI is 25 percent or greater.

  • USA

    56%

  • UK

    64%

  • Germany

    75%

  • France

    67%

INTERNAL BENEFITS TO IMPLEMENTING BIM

While BIM provides numerous benefits to the projects on which it is deployed, there are also critical benefits that the users’ companies can derive by adopting and implementing BIM. Only a 15 percentage point gap exists between the top benefit and the lowest one, despite the high number of benefits. This clearly demonstrates that BIM users experience many business benefits and that these benefits are substantial and impactful. The top three are listed here.

Contractors

Engineers

  • Improve younger staff learning how projects go together

    44%
    50%
  • Offering services

    42%
    46%
  • Establishing consistent and repeatable processes

    24%
    23%

TOP FACTORS THAT WOULD IMPROVE BIM BENEFITS

When asked what would improve BIM benefits, both engineers and contractors identified BIM skills and owner requirements for BIM as top factors. See top responses from each below.

More internal staff with BIM skills


Contractors

Engineers

More owners asking for BIM


Contractors

Engineers

Improved interoperability between software applications


Contractors

Engineers

Improved functionality of software that supports BIM


Contractors

Engineers

More readily available training on BIM


Contractors

Engineers

More use of contacts to support collaboration and define BIM deliverables


Contractors

Engineers