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According to international research, large construction projects typically take 20% longer to finish than scheduled and are up to 80% over budget. And while there are several factors that contribute to this, one of the most significant is a lack of digital adoption.

Great potential for BIM in South AfricaEven though architects and designers have largely moved away from paper and drawing boards, opting for digital drawings as the basis for calculating required building materials and to plan construction costs, there still seems to be a hesitance in embracing the full potential of Adopting building information modelling (BIM), according to dormakaba South Africa. This should be a priority if the construction sector is to keep pace with technological innovation, the company says.

BIM can create complete digital building models from individual objects (such as building materials, floor finishes, electrical installations, plumbing, lighting, windows, and doors). Part of the reason why this is so powerful is that every object file contains a range of information and properties specific to that item.

“Given how the global BIM market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 19.3% from 2017 to 2025, there is little arguing the potential it has in South Africa. Furthermore, forecasts show that BIM is expected to top $11 billion by 2022 worldwide,” dormakaba South Africa points out.

The first two international standards for BIM are set to be published later this year. This marks the transition from the PAS 1192 series of standards to international standards. BS EN ISO 19650–1 Organization of information about construction works – Information management using building information modelling – Part 1: Concepts and principles, and BS EN ISO 19650-2 Organization of information about construction works – Information management using building information modelling – Part 2: Delivery phase of assets, will supersede BS 1192 (principles) and PAS 1192 part 2 (capital/delivery phase) respectively.

Two further international BIM standards are scheduled to be published in 2020: BS EN ISO 19650-3 Organization of information about construction works – Information management using building information modelling – Part 3: Operational phase of assets; and BS EN ISO 19650-5 Organization of information about construction works – Information management using building information modelling – Part 5: Specification for security-minded building information modelling, digital built environments and smart asset management. These will replace PAS 1192 part 3 (operational phase) and part 5 (security) correspondingly.

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