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BIM: Why professionals choose it to be more competitive?

A new survey showcases the state of art of BIM in the Italian country

Published: 16/10/2018

Country: Italy
Stay competitive in the design market and have more job opportunities. These are the main reasons that push designers to move on to the BIM methodology. Whether for professionals who already work in BIM or for those who are studying or planning to do so in the future, it is Revit software that represents the transition.
With a new survey, Edilportale has photographed the situation of professionals, the tools available to find new job opportunities and difficulties that sometimes slow down or prevent the transition to the new method.

Only 17% of the professionals have completed the transition to BIM

Surveyed mainly architects (37%), engineers (28%) and surveyors (17%), but also other categories of professionals, such as designers and industry experts, participated. To show greater sensitivity to the survey were professionals between the ages of 36 and 55, that is, at the height of their work, coming from Northern Italy.

Of the total of the professionals who participated in the survey, only 17% have already completed the transition to BIM, while 30% are in the learning phase. Most of the designers (48%) stated that they are considering undertaking a training program to move to BIM.

Looking at BIM authoring software, Revit is the most used software both by professionals who already use the BIM method (63%) and those who are studying and approaching the new method (61%). More detached Archicad, used by 19% of professionals who have already moved to BIM and 15% of those who study to complete the transition, and Edificius, used by 7% of professionals who design in BIM and studied by 10% of those who are doing the passage.

Approaching BIM through Revit 

Among the professionals who have not yet approached BIM, 47% said they would like to learn how to use Revit, followed in this case by Archicad (17%) and Edificius (9%).

For about 59% of the designers already working in BIM, the transition to the new method has generated new job opportunities. Going into detail, the advantage most appreciated by 85% of professionals is the ability to deliver to customers technical data close to reality, but also the best management of changes requested by customers (choice chosen by 83% of designers) and interference between architectural, structures and facilities (81%).

82% of the designers who have already moved to BIM, use it for residential projects. But the BIM method is also used in other sectors as tertiary (30%), interior design (22%), restoration (15%), urban planning (10%),%), maintenance plan management (5%).

The most wanted BIM objects include furniture and materials for masonry stratigraphy

Professionals who download libraries of BIM objects have judged the quality of specialized portals to be very good in 19% of cases. 17% positively rated the producers 'sites and only 7% appreciated the experience on the designers' forums. 

The BIM objects most wanted by the designers for their projects belong to the furniture (45%). Doors, fixtures and doors (34%) and materials for masonry stratigraphy, such as insulation, waterproofing, plasters and bricks (27%) were also very unloaded.

Among the professionals who are studying, but have not yet completed the transition to the BIM methodology, 40% said that the reason is the lack of time to devote to training. Despite this, professionals feel the need to complete the transition to BIM both to remain competitive on the market (58%) and to have new job opportunities (56%) and for the future binding of BIM in the public sphere.

The uncertain, that is, the professionals who are still evaluating whether to go to BIM, in 41% of cases they cite excessive costs as motivation, but 44% say they would be encouraged to make the transition in the presence of tax incentives for the purchase of software and hardware or with training incentives (30%).

50% of the survey participants said they thought they would follow a BIM training path in the last twelve months. 66% of respondents would be interested in BIM methodology training courses, 44% would follow software and BIM authoring courses, while 30% would be interested in information standards and processes.

Most professionals (47%) would prefer to train with e-learning platforms.


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