Shaping the Future of Construction: An Action Plan to Accelerate Building Information Modeling (BIM) Adoption

World Economic Forum

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BIM adoption varies greatly by country and level of economic development. In more advanced economies, most firms use BIM, though not on all projects and not at the highest levels. A mandate to use BIM on government-sponsored projects has made the UK a frontrunner. Even so, only 46% of the country’s infrastructure companies describe themselves as using BIM Level 2. In Germany, where BIM use is not yet fully mandated, just 25% of infrastructure companies use BIM Level 2. In emerging and developing countries, adoption rates are even lower.

To improve productivity, the IU (infrastructure and urban development) industry must accelerate BIM adoption. Towards that end, governors of the World Economic Forum’s Future of Construction Initiative have prioritised BIM adoption as a critical step toward transforming this industry. This report summarises the key insights and recommended actions that were made at the October 2017 roundtable in London. It highlights the recommended actions that companies, industry organisations and governments are advised to implement to accelerate BIM adoption and to better capitalise on what the technology can offer.

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