May 13, 2015
BIM is expected to emerge as one of the most fundamental changes that are likely to rapidly transform the Indian real estate and construction sector. For centuries, we have used symbols on paper (i.e. drawings and specifications) as the primary means to represent and communicate design intent for client approval, bidding, procurement, fabrication, construction and installation. These abstractions have no native intelligence in them and require human interpretation (i.e., reading) and manipulation (e.g. take-offs, redlines) to provide meaning and value. All other major capital- and knowledge-intensive industries (e.g. manufacturing and finance) have long since transitioned to data-rich environments that enable virtual and automated design, analysis, fabrication and communication. And they have reaped the rewards of higher productivity, accuracy, and quality and worker safety. The growing worldwide adoption and implementation of BIM for its powerful digital data-based modelling, visualisation, analysis and simulation capabilities represents the start of a transition to an integrated information infrastructure that will ultimately revolutionise almost all aspects of the construction industry.
This study—State of BIM Adoption and Outlook in India— presents findings from research conducted in 2013–14 about how real estate and infrastructure developers, architects, engineers and contractors in India are adopting, implementing and deriving value from BIM. The study also reveals the benefits that can be derived by BIM users, challenges being faced by them and their expectations. In addition to the research data in the report, several interviews exemplifying the breadth of BIM’s application to solving real world business challenges are featured in this study. The study also provides industry leader insights with a global perspective on BIM adoption. We hope that readers would find this study useful in its bid to highlight BIM’s potential for adding value.
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