The Evolution of BIM Implementation for MEP Contractors

What Is BIM?

Autodesk defines BIM as: Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the holistic process of creating and managing information for a built asset. Based on an intelligent model and enabled by a cloud platform, BIM integrates structured, multi-disciplinary data to produce a digital representation of an asset across its lifecycle, from planning and design to construction and operations.

The Evolution of BIM Implementation for MEP Contractors

Written By: Amanda Rahfaldt

Where BIM Has Been

In the 2000’s BIM was ‘the next big thing’ in construction. In its early days, BIM began as a humble computer-aided design (CAD) tool. It allows professionals to create 2D and 3D digital representations of buildings, complete with walls, windows, doors, and all the nifty details. It was like playing with digital Legos, but with a purpose!

As time went on, BIM’s capabilities grew stronger. It began incorporating additional information about the building elements, such as materials, dimensions, costs, and even performance data. BIM became more than just a pretty picture; it became a virtual encyclopedia of building knowledge.

Dodge Data and Analytics has been reporting on BIM implementation for over 14 years. The following statistics in this blog have been pulled from their most recent report which can be found in full here.

The Dodge report shows us that nearly 40% of MEP contractors have only been doing BIM since 2018, or later. Still, this is a huge leap from 2008 when only 8% of MEP contractors reported using BIM.

The adoption of BIM is a process that takes time and effort because it requires a change in the way that people work. BIM is a new way of thinking about building design and construction, and it requires new skills and new ways of working. It can be difficult to change the way that people have always done things, and it can take time for people to learn new skills and new ways of working. However, the benefits of BIM can be significant, and the time and effort required to adopt it can be well worth it.

Current BIM Trends in the MEP Industry

30% of BIM users stated they were currently in the early stages of BIM adoption, while 44% said they were right in the middle of efforts. Only 5% of BIM users felt that they had reached their BIM transformation goals. While it may seem that BIM has taken over, there is still a lot of room for growth across the industry.

Participants who reported using BIM for 20% or more of their projects predicted that in the next few years they planned to have 50% of their projects using BIM.

The survey from Dodge found that 42% of professionals who use BIM for more than 75% of their projects are in the middle of efforts to digitize their construction process. Another 35% stated they are close to approaching their goals, and 12% stated that they have achieved all of their digitization goals.

This tells us that companies who are embracing BIM are also being able to successfully transform their start-to-finish process for the construction process. BIM drives digital transformation, which in turn allows contractors to expand their business and take on more projects with confidence.

BIM can help contractors to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and increase quality. It can also help them to better collaborate with clients and other stakeholders. As more and more companies adopt BIM and digital processes the construction industry is becoming more efficient and productive.

Many EVOLVE customers, and beyond, have been able to successfully implement BIM processes into their projects with the help of BIMTM. BIMTM is a group of experienced experts who work with clients to provide enhanced project designs, and BIM services. Reach out to the BIMTM team today to learn more about improving your internal BIM workflows.


This blog was created in collaboration with EVOLVE MEP.

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