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I think the need for construction suppliers to start using the software BIM is actually going to use will be the biggest step in the right direction. Making them accountable to supply what is linked in a drawing will be huge.
BIM is increasingly becoming "wanted", not needed by owners and I think it has been oversold by our industry. In time, it will be a needed technology as more and more contractors adopt it and projects will be pushed by increasingly shrinking budgets.
BIM goes so much deeper than most imagine and will reduce labor costs associated with either repetitive processes or revisions because communication strings will be done through linking electronic files with manufacturing data direct from suppliers. Along with this, structural and mechanical engineering loads will be done by the software and no longer need multiple engineers on a single job, no matter the size.
I may be imagining BIM as a do all technology but I think it was originally thought to be an all-inclusive software package that can link real world construction with supplier/contractor data. To which all jobs will be dynamically changed throughout the life cycle of the building.
BIM, in time, will mature and become a non-disruptive technology as all technology starts as disruptive and evolves into everyday life.

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