What do you feel is the future for BIM over the coming few years?
I feel that BIM will become much more of a commodity. Up to now it has been a tool for the engineering community while others have been left in the dark. It will become much more available for contractors, suppliers and maintenance staff to use. I think that there will also be an increased standardisation of the technology.
Do you feel there needs to be a mindshift among people who have not used BIM in the past to understand its advantages?
I actually don’t, no. I think part of the reason it has not been deployed among other sectors so far is that it is so complex and so expensive. I think they want to be able to use it so they can understand far more of the process of designing a building.
Will there be a reluctance towards adopting the technology as it becomes more available, or will it be embraced?
When it is available I feel that people will dully adopt BIM and realise the advantages it brings to them, whatever their particular field of work within the design and construction industry is .
After all – you would never go back to using a fax machine once you have the use of email. Everybody will use and embrace BIM when they have the chance. The market is changing – with new technology clients will be able to see the project they have initiated, even as it is being built.
Andrew Killander is vice president of major projects for Aconex and his work has included the Dubai metro, the Qatar Rail, Yas Island and the Panama Canal expansion. He has been with the company since 2004 and has been specialising in Middle Eastern projects since 2006. He is an expert on the application of Building Information Modeling.