Infrastructure developers, regardless if public or private, do not want to miss out on the benefits of technological innovations. When speaking about a technological approach to projects, Building Information Modeling (BIM) is one of the innovations disrupting the industry the most. BIM promises multiple advantages to its users. “It offers less rework, fewer errors, enhanced collaboration, and design data that can ultimately be used to support operations, maintenance, and asset management,” explained Autodesk.
AECOO Partners with BIM
The platform opens the door to digitalizing infrastructure by connecting workflows and making projects more profitable, productive and overall, more resilient. This approach yields benefits to all project value stakeholders. “(BIM) has become a central topic to the improvement of the AECOO (Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Owner and Operator) industry around the world, to the point where the concept is being expanded into domains it was not originally conceived to address,” said Science Direct in its research regarding BIM for infrastructure.
The Autodesk software aims to better integrate planning, design, construction and other operation phases, helping multidisciplinary teams enhance their performance and construction coordination. For example, regarding civil engineering, BIM promises to save time and money through survey data for site development work. The software benefits also focus on risk management, helping infrastructure developers obtain more predictability when anticipating project issues.
To gauge whether BIM is really positively disrupting the Mexican infrastructure industry, Mexico Infrastructure & Sustainability Review asked public and private sector leaders to share their experience using it. Javier Pascual, Director General of Grupo TADCO, highlighted the contribution of such technologies in improving the company’s processes. “Technologies such as BIM and REVIT will push disruption within the construction sector and push the country forward,” he said.
International engineering company SENER is also an advocate of innovation. “We believe technology is extremely important and we are constantly looking to integrate innovative technologies and processes into our projects, which has truly differentiated us from others in the market,” explains Sergio León, Infrastructure Commercial Director for Mexico at SENER. “We integrate technologies such as BIM into all of our projects to mitigate risks and stay ahead of the competition.”
Breaking Down BIM’s Impact
The SmartMarket Report on The Business Value of BIM for Infrastructure 2017, made by Dodge Data Analytics and other collaborators such as Deloitte, evaluates BIM’s evolution and impact on the infrastructure industry. Is this new software as miraculous as it claims to be? According to the report, 87 percent of its users perceive value from its use. Also, 50 percent agree that BIM helps them find more work as it increases their ability to offer services and to do better business.
The high level of implementation of the software among its users has risen dramatically to 52 percent in 2017 from 20 percent in 2015. “The degree of BIM implementation for transportation infrastructure projects has seen a big surge in the last two years, and growth is expected to continue,” says the report. “This implementation pattern reflects an evolving BIM maturity that Dodge Data & Analytics has observed in other sectors and is a positive indicator that BIM usage will continue to advance for transportation infrastructure.”
Whether they have already adopted the technology or not, infrastructure developers are already intrigued. “Autodesk’s 3-D technology creates visual models using Building Information Modeling (BIM),” says Roberto Mikse, Country Director of Autodesk. “As construction project managers become increasingly interested in implementing new technology, companies are beginning to implement important shifts internally.”