A Case Study of BIM Implementation in India

On a visit to Bangalore in India this summer, I happened to meet the founders of an architectural firm that stood out among the crowd by virtue of their progressive outlook and relatively advanced implementation of BIM, in a country where most architects are still using AutoCAD and construction is still very much paper-based. This AECbytes article explores the BIM implementation at INFORM Architects, how it started, the current scenario, the process that is followed, and the main challenges that the firm has encountered so far.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/buildingthefuture/2012/InformArchitects-CaseStudy.html

3 thoughts on “A Case Study of BIM Implementation in India

  1. Thank you, once again to Lachmi and AECbytes for lending some good perspectives on BIM implementation. To “spin” the story a little differently, however …

    INFORM’s case sounds to me like the tale of hundreds of small to medium sized architectural firms around the world, in countries at all stages of economic development, who have been doing work with BIM tools for five or ten years, but with no collaborators in sight. They are doing “little BIM” — in a vacuum. They find the justification for the change internally, exclusive of any benefit to a contractor or owner. There is no shame in that for INFORM. The shame is that in many places (not just India), the models that firms (and it is not just architects, but also manufacturers, fabricators and contractors, and engineers) create, lose most of their relevance once they have created 2D (paper) output.

    India is not alone in its construction industry’s (and financial sector’s, I’d wager) dependence on paper documents. That dependence remains the overwhelmingly dominant situation in the U.S. BIM has has made a lot of noise relative to the breadth of its impact on how construction is done here in the U.S. It promises revolutionary change, but the promises are fulfilled only in a few corners — prominent corners, but corners nonetheless — of the industry. The relatively high percentage of firms using BIM tools is not a good measure of the degree to which BIM is being leveraged to benefit building owners, the industry, or the economy as a whole.

  2. Thanks for sharing your case study. BIM implementation process in our country (India) has gained momentum and will achieve the milestone soon. BIM users in India are travelling towards all directions of the country wherever BIM requirment is needed.

  3. Thanks for an informative case study.

    I find many parallels here while transforming the way we work as structural firm here in 3dprime Pune, India. The major problem in wide acceptance is due to lack of different streams moving to BIM simultaneously. There is sudden disruption in workflow due to transformation from 2d to 3d work environment. Lastly, the construction industry still not managed as an organized sector like management style; it is still largely unorganized.

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