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How Viable is BIM for Smaller Engineering Firms

There can be little doubt that the future for the construction industry lies in Building Information Modelling (BIM).

Unfortunately, BIM requires significant investment both in time and money. The software is expensive and the training needed to get fully up to speed is intensive.

The Institution of Structural Engineers, the world’s leading professional body for qualifications and standards in structural engineering, has raised concerns that there is a clear divide between smaller and larger consultancies in their ability to adopt the technology.

BIM still means different things to different people and still creates uncertainty about how and when it is best employed, said Martin Powell, chief executive of the Institution of Structural Engineers. What is certain is that working with BIM will mean a transformation in traditional working methods across the construction industry.

How Viable is BIM for Smaller Engineering Firms

Among the survey respondents, 53 per cent were from companies with over 50 employees while 29 per cent were from businesses of ten employees or fewer. Nine per cent were from companies of 11 to 20 employees and nine per cent from companies of 20 to 50 employees.

The survey highlighted the challenges which BIM implementation presents for small businesses:

Autodesk, one of the leading providers of BIM software solutions, has at least recognised cost-related issues, having recently announced a greater focus on subscription-based offers.

Autodesk currently has 1.9 million subscribers and hopes to increase this by 50 per cent over the next five years.

How Viable is BIM for Smaller Engineering Firms

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