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SophieBIMobject6 karma

Hey! Good question, I think this is due to a combination of factors. The industry is generally very resistant to change (it is after all the second least digitized industry, only agriculture beats it), and with fewer people willing to adopt it there is a general lack of awareness of how it can be used. It also requires a bit of training.

We are hoping for faster adoption in the future as more and more countries bring out policies requiring the use of BIM in new construction. I think given the resistance to change we may only see widespread adoption when companies have no option but to use it in their projects.

SophieBIMobject2 karma

Hey! I would say bimobject is building upon or complementing all previous work with building information modelling. We see ourselves as facilitating the use of BIM objects and promoting their use further. We are one of the largest platforms aggregating BIM objects, meaning we make it much easier to access products and communicate with manufacturers. In that sense we do not see ourselves as unique from Gehry and Zahner but rather building on a movement they helped start.

SophieBIMobject2 karma

fightingthefuckits gave a great answer and I don't think we could explain it any better. One thing we are putting more time into in recent years is adding environmental information and providing the ability to calculate a building's footprint before the construction process begins. It is of course still up to architects and engineers to make sustainable choices in their designs but we facilitate that by providing the information and an easy way to find and calculate environmental impact and climate declarations.

But the biggest polluter in the industry is currently waste, as the earlier commenter wrote, and solving this issue first would have a huge payoff in terms of sustainability

SophieBIMobject2 karma

Hey! Great questions. I'll answer them in order:

  1. Yes we refer to ourselves as a marketplace, but it's completely free for AEC users to download our content. It's a marketplace in the sense that we have brought together many different manufacturers into one place, so you can easily find what you're looking for.

  2. We currently have an ongoing initiative where we are restructuring our product information database which means that we will later enable much more granular filtering for architects and engineers to help them meet the specific requirements for their projects. This is something we believe will save time and make it easier to adapt to whatever regional standards a user is working with.

  3. We've seen more adoption in the last few years, particularly moving from 2D to 3D designs, which often leads to BIM adoption. This of course doesn't encompass everything that BIM is about but is a start. I think there is still a lack of knowledge of the full capabilities of BIM and how it can be used. It could be that stakeholders need to be nudged more and feel that there are greater benefits to using BIM early on. For example being able to do preliminary climate declarations to meet requirements and avoid later delays in the construction phase. One way to nudge them and help the industry is to encourage shared ownership of a project. We have heard that it's becoming more and more common to design a building using IPD (Integrated Project Delivery). A collaborative approach where all stakeholders take shared ownership of the project. Of course there are many other things that need to change but this is one of the main areas we would like to see progress further.

As for your last aside, we are about to start developing a Revit add-in in June :)