Prevent extinction: Why BIM matters in 2020 and beyond

See how BIM adoption, mandates, and policies are growing around the globe and why BIM will be so important to the built world in 2020.

Kylee Swenson

October 24, 2019

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BIM 2020 infographic

It’s only 30 years away. The UN reports there will be 9.7 billion people living on the planet (two-thirds living in cities) by 2050. To support that population, the construction industry will need to build an average of 13,000 buildings every day and construct 700,000 miles of roads and nearly 90,000 bridges every year through 2050.

Without technology, including BIM (Building Information Modeling) and industrialized construction (prefabrication), the odds are against the building industry to meet the demand—particularly given its lagging productivity and increasing labor shortage.

But competition to deliver better building and infrastructure projects has led architecture, engineering, and construction companies around the world to adopt BIM. And in emerging markets, which tend to be slower to move from 2D to 3D modeling, governments are looking at best practices (such as the UK’s BIM mandate) to catch up.

In the infographic below, learn about BIM—its adoption, benefits, productivity gains, and savings—and the BIM mandate/policy initiatives rolling out around the world. Those who adopt and use BIM can overcome the threat of extinction (or at least disruption) in the architecture, engineering, and construction industries while helping humanity thrive for generations to come.

This infographic, originally published in April 2013, has been updated. Additional data and information about BIM policies are courtesy of Autodesk's Government Affairs team.

Kylee Swenson

About Kylee Swenson

Kylee Swenson is a writer, musician, admirer of great design, and director of content development and owned media at Autodesk.

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