Architects Continue to Remain Dominant Consumers of BIM Solutions
BIM software is expected to show sustainable growth during the forecast period due to technological advancements and cost effectiveness
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However, cloud-based building information modelling software is expected to show sustainable growth during the forecast period due to technological advancements and cost effectiveness as compared to on-premise BIM software solutions. In terms of geography, India accounted for around 42.6% of the Australia, New Zealand, and India building information modelling market’s revenue in 2015. The country is expected to remain the dominant consumer of building information modelling solutions over the forecast period as well, exhibiting an exponential 24% CAGR over the period between 2016 and 2024.
Government Initiatives Aimed at Lifting BIM Adoption Rate to Remain Key to Market Growth
The continuous growth in BIM market during the forecasted period can be largely attributed to the strong government initiatives to lift BIM adoption rate and rise in construction activities across all the end-use industries in these regions. In Australia, for instance, the Australian Federal Government’s Infrastructure, Transport and Cities Parliamentary Committee suggested in March 2016 that the use of BIM should be made compulsory for all government funded infrastructure development projects valuing over $50 mn. In New Zealand, the government formed the BIM Acceleration Committee in 2014 to encourage the adoption of BIM through alliances between the government and various stakeholders in the construction sector.
High Initial Cost of BIM Software to Hinder Growth
It is estimated that the initial cost of BIM software can go anywhere between US$6,000 to US$10,000, with additional expenses involved for installation and maintenance of the software. Such high costs incurred in implementing BIM software are the key factor why the rate of adoption of BIM among low-scale contractors or developers is low. Apart from this factor, the belief that the returns on investment for BIM are low and can lead to a reduction in the overall profit margins of a construction project is also hindering the widespread adoption of BIM software in New Zealand, India, and Australia.