Digitalization in the Construction Sector and the Importance of BIM Methodology


According to the BIM Commission of the Government of Spain, digitalization has become a key factor in the awarding of construction contracts in the five continents. Large Spanish construction companies are taking advantage of this phenomenon thanks to the use of methodologies and processes such as BIM, blockchain and big data, among others.

The international presence of Spanish construction companies has been strongly established in recent years and the element that is being crucial in their development is the digital transformation, which has not only given them opportunities, but has allowed them to improve their cost efficiency, customer experience, and differentiation from their competitors.

Among the different digitalization tools, we would like to highlight the BIM methodology, whose objective is to centralize all the project information in a 3D digital information model involving all the agents. In turn, this model also covers the execution of the project, thus enabling its management and reducing operating costs by between 15% and 25%.

Thanks to digitalization, Spanish construction companies are adapting to a rapidly evolving market, characterized by clients with different expectations, new technological capabilities and a new generation of professionals.

The update of certain infrastructures through the use of BIM methodology is a clear example of the versatility offered to civil engineering by the commitment to BIM-based digitalization of the construction sector.

The European Commission report “European Construction Sector Observatory”, states that the use of BIM means significant savings both in the construction phase and in the operations phase, so engineers are also one of the important agents in the value chain of the construction sector that can benefit the most from the management of civil engineering programs based on BIM.

There is another recent study, the “ICE BIM Survey”, on civil engineering and its relationship with BIM methodology that is worth referencing. The ICE (Institute of Civil Engineers UK) analysis has provided a series of interesting conclusions such as that 73% of BIM experts place incomplete data as the most important source of errors detected in the design phase; and 55%, to the changes that are carried out in the project design. It also advocates that 82% of civil engineers say that it has been a good decision to implement BIM methodology in their office, that 41% of respondents were satisfied with the speed of delivery and 37% with the reduction of cost overruns.

As we can see, the digitalization of the construction sector is gaining strength and the use of BIM methodology brings many advantages. Now, more than ever, it is time to apply BIM in your projects and, at Acero Estudio, we are ready to collaborate and share with you all our experience and professionalism in the field.

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