“The majority of the market is far from ready, but accepts the inevitability of a BIM future.” This on the “Conclusions” slide of Dr. Stephen Hamil, Head of BIM for NBS (National Building Standards), presentation. While the study as pointed out by Anna Winston on BD Online
(The) survey launched by standards and specifications expert NBS has revealed an ‘alarming lack of awareness’ of BIM across the construction industry.
The survey of 386 construction professionals, including 155 architects,showed that 43% were either unaware of or hadn’t used Building Information Modeling (BIM)
So mostly we are dealing with 57% of the total, however, more importantly from those respondents, 31% of those used BIM to a degree, but within the next year that figure doubled to 62% and within 3 years a whopping 82% expected to be working with BIM. And don’t tell me that 43% that did not know about BIM stays static. Especially, not when Paul Morell Chief Government Construction Advisor has already stated that he plans to bring BIM into the public procurement process.
Looks like a big BIM BOOM, and if so, let’s look at who is using which BIM authoring package which was also broken down by the NBS Survey.
You’ll see that Vectorworks at 13% and Archicad at 10% take up almost 1/4 of the market. Revit is at 8% and its second cousin ADT is at 3% (did they not get the memo its now ACA or Autocad Architecture.) However, more telling is SketchUP at 6% and AutoCAD at 42%. This is all for producing 3D drawings. I would think that Autodesk will push the bundling of AutoCAD and Revit hard in order to further their penetration. However, look at the chart below and you see that as a secondary package 57% are using SketchUp. Yoinks. Maybe just because its free, or its excelling at visual communication but it would seem to me that Google can leverage that position to get users on the Professional Version, or perhaps something else? But understand that it was included in the BIM conversation.