In a recent AIA publication entitled “The Business of Architecture” they stated that information from a survey of member firms indicated that 16% of the firms were using BIM with 10% of them using it for billable work.
Autodesk announced that they passed a milestone of 100,000 seats sold in a June, 2006 press release.
ArchiCAD disputes the claims of Autodesk about which of them or others may be on the top of the heap.
Bentley Architecture displays 38 firms or more as using their product on their web site.
What I keep feeling is that the mass migration to BIM is over inflated. Oh, don’t get me wrong. I love the stuff and firmly believe that it will continue to take over seats within Arch and Engineering firms. But do you get the feeling that the marketing hype outstrips the installs? Is the way the software is presented truly reflected with “overwhelming” adoption by all firms? Is it BIM or die?
I would like to see some real numbers…
How many seats of each software have actually been sold?
How many seats have been installed?
How many seats are actually in use?
Define what is meant by “using” the software?
How many projects have gone cradle to grave in the tool?
How many trained users?
I want BIM to push ahead – but I want to do it with some real data!