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Surprising Info: JBKnowledge Report Shows Many Have Yet to Adopt BIM and Other Tech

Architecture, engineering, and construction firms are being stingy when it comes to adopting technology that could save them money and time. For many companies, part of the problem could be that no employee is in charge of researching and considering new tech solutions for the company.

Contractors still allocate scant resources to construction technology compared to professionals in other industries. But according to the JBKnowledge 2015 Construction Technology Report, the use of BIM and outsourcing work to tech companies continues to grow as the industry starts to discover its advantages. The report featured data from more than 2,000 industry professionals.

The JBKnowledge 2015 Construction Technology Report was conducted by JBKnowledge with the help of the Construction Financial Management Association, the Texas A&M University Department of Construction Science, and HCSS Construction Software. Because a significant portion of the survey’s respondents use a survey sponsor’s software or the sponsor’s consulting services for their business, the survey results could be skewed, the report noted.

Even so, some of the findings were surprising, especially the fact that about half of those companies surveyed do not use (Building Information Modeling) BIM.

BIM Software Use Responses from the 2015 Report

47.9% – We do not use BIM

35% – Revit (Autodesk)

27.6% – Navisworks (Autodesk)

14.5% – Sketchup (Trimble)

9% – We outsource BIM

IT Spend by the Numbers

It seems an awareness of technology and how it is being used is sorely lacking in many firms. The majority of the survey’s respondents said they did not know how much their company was spending on their IT budget. And those who said they did know stated it was under 1% of revenues. Those numbers are way too low, the report notes.   

  • Computer Economics reports companies spend an average of 2.5% on IT as a percentage of revenue, while other reports estimate a cross-industry average of up to 5%.
  • Fortune affirms that the most innovative companies are spending anywhere from 3.5-20% of revenue on research and development alone.
  • Gartner states that “construction allocates the least amount of revenue (1%) for technology” out of the 19 industries surveyed.
  • The Construction Technology Survey confirmed these results in 2014 and again this year.

All of this means that the construction industry underspends cross-industry averages by 60% to 70%—a staggering number.

The IT Dilemma

JBKnowledge’s report posited questions that must be asked regarding the need for more tech use in construction—such as, who decides the IT budget? And how is it decided and communicated?

Gartner positions construction as the third most likely industry to outsource IT, with 16% of IT spending being outsourced.

The most limiting factor for adopting new technology is the company not having enough budget for IT. More than a third of respondents ( 33.5%) said a lack of staff to support the adoption of new technologies held them back from such changes.

Turning to BIM Specialists

Despite these disconnections, many companies still find it helpful to get a consultant to do at least some of their IT work. Smaller companies find BIM to be one tool that makes sense to outsource.

Construction companies are lacking in structure, staff, and budget dedicated to IT, which makes taking advantage of third party BIM specialists an attractive solution. The results make outsourcing a smart and profitable decision.

“Companies who have fully adopted BIM are saying that estimators have gone from spending 75% of their time counting and measuring plans to spending 10% of their time doing so, ” states JBKnowledge.

 

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