BIM adoption – Why is India not faring well?
The construction industry is rapidly going digital, with BIM becoming an important part of it
Ignorance is not bliss
Not many in India are aware of BIM and its advantages. BIM is producing a completely new scenario for how people must collaborate for projects, and we do not have skilled workforce to understand the nitty-gritty. With respect to AEC industry, architects are always working on new technologies but how about understanding each and every player’s requirements and collaborating on these aspects? BIM is the tool that can support all of these requirements. However, to facilitate better collaboration, coordination and communication among the people involved in BIM projects, the people involved must be fully aware of the benefits and this can be achieved only through better education. To have more skilled people on board for BIM projects, education on BIM should be introduced at the university level. This, in turn, will facilitate its adoption.
Work on Pricing
The companies in India that are providing BIM services have priced it on the higher side considering it as something special. The clients to are not aware of how to save money using these services in a proper manner. These problems are making BIM getting labeled as an expensive practice to adopt.
Stronger policies required
Things need to improve at the policy level for better adoption. Most of the policymakers or owners are not aware of BIM or even if they know, they don’t know what to expect out of it. Unless we have a top-down model, adoption would remain an issue. Amarnath adds, “If we consider the national building code there is a rule that BIM must be used in construction, but it is not clear, so we need to have guidelines in India to have clear-cut details about what kind of BIM needs to be delivered and what should the client expect out of the project.” India can learn from countries like Spain, where two ministries are working on implementing BIM in their job.
There is no doubt that the situation is not so favorable for BIM adoption in India. But, with time, things will look up. The benefits of adopting BIM in construction cannot be denied and thus the adoption will not stay denied for long.