The Future of the Building Industry: What comes after BIM?

I must say, no one can drive a point home through a graph quite like Patrick MacLeamy, FAIA – the CEO of HOK. This one below will surely join his other greatest hit – the MacLeamy Curve, which although completely overused in every presentation today on BIM, was authored way back in the early days of BIM, 2004.

Comments are welcome.

Source: The Future of the Building Industry (5/5): BIM, BAM, BOOM! – YouTube.

4 thoughts on “The Future of the Building Industry: What comes after BIM?

  1. Leonard

    BIM, BAM, BOOM – $1, $20, $60 It’s oversimplifications and distorted figures like this that make me hate politicians. Sure on a simple project, design is 5% of the construction cost or $1 for every $20 of construction but to think you would reduce Construction cost to $14 by simply adding BIM is highly optimistic, then to take the Maintenance value and assume a bigger BIM impact is misleading.

    I totally agree BIM communicates the design more efficiently, allows for better coordination and timely construction but the maximum inpact on these issues is that portion of the Building Construction Cost associated with those areas or 10-15%. – not 30% and the impact on maintenance is even less. Bim won’t lower the cost of steel or concrete, won’t replace the worker in the field and won’t oil the generator – it will communicate when it needs to be done and the best time to do it. So when you talk about savings or improvements its in 1-5% incriments which is great – no need to sell over expectations that can’t be met.

  2. Sean Post author

    I agree with you. What can be done during design and construction is, especially when Integrated Project Delivery is used, a vast reduction in operation costs. These need to be goals of the project, however the only way to reduce the resources – human and natural – are to embed those goals as directives. If BOOM becomes a real driver that creates a feedback loop into new projects, either the design or construction industry – or both – need to be involved in planning and monitoring of operations.

  3. Alex Youssef

    I agree with you that BIM BAM BOOM helps maximize efficacy and reduce the cost of construction and operation. Especially when taking in consideration the substantial reductions in change orders and delays. Also by taking as much of the construction off site, hence the 5D light gauge steel panelization and the 5D Bathroom PODs. As for the BOOM effect, three areas need to be implemented. One, by eliminating building repairs and call backs after occupancy. Two, energy conservation (ie, better building envelope, LED lighting..). Three energy generation by implementing proving operating reducing methods such as GEO Thermal heat pump Exchange and Nano Solar.

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