BIM (Building Information Modeling) can be thought of as one of the aspects of globalization whereby international teams work in synergy towards the completion of mega construction projects in the AEC (Architects, Engineering and Construction) industry. Globalization refers to the interdependence and integration of world economies and cultures in a quest to improve the standard of living across the globe.

In a nutshell, globalization depicts a spread of technology, services, products, and information across the nations. It has its cons and pros. On the upside, it benefits the less developed nations with job opportunities and enhanced access to essential services, whereas on the downside it deprives developed nations job opportunities due to the migration of services to underprivileged nations.

How does BIM fit in Globalization?

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The AEC industry plays an integral role in the growth of the global economy with a contribution of about 6% of global GDP. This is equivalent to about $10 trillion of global GDP. This value of contribution shows how significant the AEC industry is to world’s economy. However, the industry has not been realizing its full potential due to its old-age methodologies of undertaking projects. It is still lagging behind compared to other industries although it remains the cornerstone of global economy since many industries rely on engineering and construction infrastructure and facilities.

To keep the industry on par with other industries and to realize a full potential of globalization, BIM technologies have to be harnessed. So far, countries such as China, UK, US, and Australia have started adopting BIM technology for its potential in modernizing and revolutionizing the AEC industry and consequently enhancing their economies. Not only that, BIM aids collaboration of various stakeholders in their construction projects.

AEC involves a diversity of construction projects that involves multiple project teams, some of which are geographically located in different countries. With its integrated digital environment, BIM can let interdisciplinary teams to collaborate seamlessly in all the phases of construction projects: design, construction and operations. This way, teams are able to collectively and concurrently take decisions without cost implications. The end results are a safe and feasible projects completed on time.   

Impact of BIM in constructions across the globe

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Since the dawn of globalization in the AEC industry, project teams comprise construction consultants from assorted countries. The teams have predominantly merged to complement each other with unique skills in complex projects.

With old methodologies of completing projects, their collaboration has been previously disadvantaged and costly due to geographic locations that are far apart.

BIM comes in place to enhance collaboration between project teams irrespective of their geographic locations. The technology digitally empowers construction projects across the globe. Apart from collaboration of project teams BIM helps integrate the construction process from concept to completion. Amongst others, it promotes collective intelligent decisions, improved productivity, energy efficiency, carbon reductions, greater performance of the facility throughout its lifecycle, safer working environment, and accurate project cost estimations.

BIM out-fashions the prevalence of traditional CAD designs by introducing the 3D designs in a digital environment. It is this digital environment that promotes globalization where countries can work together in complex projects to realize a full potential of a digitization of the AEC industry. Previously, construction companies would struggle to deal with mega projects. With BIM, today, they can collaborate with others or follow the proven digital models on how to excel in their endeavors. Provided they are well-understood, BIM models are all-inclusive of construction processes, and so any project team can harness the technology in any country.

BIM has become the change the AEC industry has been longing to have. Driven by digitalization, construction companies are not able to manage complex projects, improve productivity, reduce delays, reduce cost overruns, and enhance safety, while facility owners are able to manage, maintain and operate their facilities. All thanks to the emergence of BIM and globalization.

In summary, BIM plays an integral role in the transformation of AEC industry to be on par with other industries in globalization endeavors. Countries that leverage BIM technology are able to grow their economy since the engineering and construction industry contributes enormously to their GDPs. Companies such as New York Engineers are at the forefront of unfolding the benefits of BIM services in the construction industry. They are the game changers in the transformation of the industry.

 

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