BIM adoption rate exceeds 80% among nation’s largest AEC firms

July 28, 2009 |

The nation’s largest architecture, engineering, and construction companies are on the BIM bandwagon in a big way, according to Building Design+Construction’s first annual Top 170 BIM Adopters ranking, published as part of the 2009 Giants 300 survey

Of the 320 AEC firms that participated in Giants survey, 83% report having at least one BIM seat license in house, half have more than 30 seats, and nearly a quarter (23%) have 100-plus seats. In total, the Giants hold 28,174 BIM seats, with the average firm having 106 seats.

As expected, design firms are the biggest adopters of BIM, representing 48 of the top 50. AECOM Technology Corp. and HDR Architecture hold the most BIM seats, each with 2,000, followed by Parsons Brinckerhoff (1,800), Gensler (1,320), and HOK (840). Editor's Note: Several firms, including Fluor Corp., report having an enterprise license for BIM-related software, and, therefore, could not provide accurate adoption numbers.

Turner (#8 with 530 seats) and Mortensen Construction (#38 with 163 seats) are the only pure contractors to make the top 50. Other contractors to make the list are DPR Construction (#61 with 121 seats), McCarthy Holdings (#62 with 120 seats), Hensel Phelps Construction (#91 with 71 seats), JE Dunn Construction Group (#102 with 62 seats), and Ryan Companies US (#106 with 60 seats).

BIM adoption seems to be slowing among the Giants, which is expected given the rough economic environment. Slightly more than half (51%) of the respondents have added or plan on adding BIM seat licenses in 2009, down from 63% in 2008. And the number of seats being purchased is expected to drop by 56% this year, from a total of 6,465 in 2008 to 2,837 in 2009. 

Stantec and Gensler are adding the most seats this year (250 and 199) and are two of only four firms adding more than 100 seats in 2009—compared to eight firms in 2008. Other firms active in BIM software acquisition this year are: Turner (adding 100 seats), URS Corp. (100), DPR Construction (90), KlingStubbins (75), and Dewberry (65).

Here are the Top 170 BIM Adoptors for 2009: 
          

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Top 170 BIM Adopters
  Company* # of BIM seat licenses # of BIM seats added in 2008 # of BIM seats planning to add in 2009
1 AECOM Technology Corp. 2,000    
1 HDR Architecture 2,000 2,000  
3 Parsons Brinckerhoff 1,800 40 50
4 Gensler 1,320 300 199
5 HOK 840    
6 Perkins+Will 800 80  
7 HKS 650 200  
8 Turner 530 200 100
9 SSOE 500 150 50
10 Skidmore, Owings & Merrill 450 75 25
11 Arup 407    
12 RTKL Associates 373 43  
13 Cannon Design 320    
14 SmithGroup 312 80  
15 Merrick & Co. 302 15 25
16 CH2M HILL 300 40  
17 Jacobs 280 280 15
18 Middough 270 10 20
18 TLC Engineering for Architecture 270 25  
20 Day & Zimmermann International 265    
21 Stantec 250 100 250
22 Dewberry 233 30 65
23 Smith Seckman Reid 225 45 20
23 Perkowitz+Ruth Architects 225    
25 KJWW Engineering Consultants 209 35  
26 HNTB 208    
27 Burt Hill 205 25  
28 Gresham, Smith and Partners 203 30  
29 Bergmann Associates, Architects Engineers Planners 200 30 20
29 Syska Hennessy Group 200    
31 X-nth 199 10  
32 PageSoutherlandPage 181 36 50
33 Albert Kahn Associates 180 35 10
33 Goodwyn Mills and Cawood 180 20  
35 Affiliated Engineers 175 13  
36 Heery International 173 10 10
37 Fanning/Howey Associates 169 12 26
38 Mortenson Construction 163 25  
39 Morris Architects 162 20  
40 KMD Architects 155 20 10
41 Clark Nexsen 153 10  
42 KlingStubbins 150 50 75
42 RNL Design 150    
44 Leo A Daly 145 22 30
44 GRAEF 145 15 5
44 NTD Architecture 145    
47 Arquitectonica 140    
47 Corgan Associates 140 25  
47 CTA Architects Engineers 140 115  
47 Little 140    
51 BSA LifeStructures 139 20  
51 Facility Group 139    
53 Anshen+Allen 135 33 2
54 Flad Architects 131    
55 RDK Engineers 130    
56 TRO Jung/Brannen 127 20  
57 URS Corp. 125 25 100
57 BRPH Companies 125 12  
59 Shive-Hattery 124   10
60 Cogdell Spencer Erdman 123    
61 DPR Construction 121 61 90
62 McCarthy Holdings 120 25 30
63 PGAL 119   5
64 EYP Architecture & Engineering 118 27 15
65 Ellerbe Becket 116    
66 BBG-BBGM 113    
67 DLR Group 106 58 26
68 Cubellis 105 95  
69 H+L Architecture 103    
70 Perkins Eastman 100 50 50
70 OWP/P 100 40 10
70 KPFF Consulting Engineers 100    
73 VOA Associates 95    
74 H.F. Lenz Co. 93   5
75 Kirksey 91    
76 Polshek Partnership Architects 87 20 21
77 CASCO Diversified Corp. 86 36  
78 LPA 85 17 20
78 Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners 85    
80 PBS&J 80 15 13
80 Thornton Tomasetti 80 20  
82 Walter P Moore 79 16  
83 Heapy Engineering 75 15 30
83 OZ Architecture 75 40 25
83 M/E Engineering 75 5 5
83 Hammel, Green and Abrahamson 75 75  
87 FKP Architects 74   10
87 Environmental Systems Design 74    
89 Westlake Reed Leskosky 73 42 28
89 WWCOT 73    
91 Hensel Phelps Construction 71 23 13
92 Peter Basso Associates 70 17 12
92 Gould Evans Associates 70    
94 SchenkelShultz 68 7 54
94 tvsdesign 68 10  
96 Teng & Associates 67 6 4
96 Fentress Architects 67 15 3
98 Fletcher-Thompson 66 4  
99 Cuningham Group Architecture 65 25 10
99 Joseph R. Loring & Associates 65   3
101 Crafton Tull Sparks 64 5  
102 Nadel Architects 62 20 42
102 JE Dunn Construction Group 62 3 5
102 Carrier Johnson + Culture 62 5  
105 DGA planning | architecture | interiors 61 26  
106 SHW Group 60 60 50
106 Ryan Companies US 60 15 15
106 Harley Ellis Devereaux 60 5 10
109 WHR Architects 59 5 5
110 Webcor Builders 58 21 15
111 Swinerton Inc. 57 7 15
112 Ballinger 56   20
113 BLT Architects 55    
114 RBB Architects 54 7 9
115 Skanska USA Building 53 25 22
116 John A. Martin & Associates 52 14 2
116 Good Fulton & Farrell 52    
118 Balfour Beatty Construction 50 35 50
118 MulvannyG2 Architecture 50 50 20
118 Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott 50    
121 Barton Malow Co. 49 7  
122 BEI Associates 48 2 4
123 Clark, Richardson & Biskup Consulting Engineers 46 16  
124 Sparling 45 3 5
124 Clayco 45 45  
124 Durrant Group, The 45 30  
124 Paulus, Sokolowski and Sartor 45    
128 Lilker Associates Consulting Engineers 44    
129 M+W Zander 43 5 10
129 Gray Construction 43 3  
129 Spectrum Engineers 43    
132 Gilbane Building Co. 42 10 10
133 Nelson 41 25 25
133 Henderson Engineers 41 17  
135 Dunham Associates 40 20 30
135 Plunkett Raysich Architects 40 20 20
135 Holder Construction Co. 40 15 15
135 RSP Architects 40 5 15
139 Moseley Architects 39 17 30
139 Sasaki Associates 39 22 12
139 Weitz Co., The 39 10 2
139 FreemanWhite. 39    
143 Omniplan 38    
144 Reynolds, Smith and Hills 37 21 5
145 ADD Inc. 36   10
145 NAC Architecture 36 6 6
145 Wallace Engineering 36 11 4
148 EwingCole 35 25 30
148 L. Robert Kimball & Associates 35 25 25
148 Swanke Hayden Connell Architects 35   15
148 PCL Construction Enterprises 35 10 5
148 Wick Fisher White Engineers 35    
153 Stanley Consultants 34 12  
154 Bridgers & Paxton Consulting Engineers 33 17 29
154 Magnusson Klemencic Associates 33    
156 Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon 32 12 20
156 Mithun 32 5 20
156 James Posey Associates 32 32 4
159 Beck Group 31   22
159 Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates 31 5 10
161 Benham Companies 30 30 25
161 HMC Architects 30 10 20
161 Sundt Construction 30   5
161 Boldt Company, The 30    
161 Epstein 30    
161 Hoffman Construction 30    
161 ka 30 25  
161 TMAD Taylor & Gaines 30    
161 Ware Malcomb 30    
170 Simpson Gumpertz & Heger 29 16 6
*Several firms, including Fluor Corp., report having an enterprise license for BIM-related software, and, therefore, cannot provide adoption numbers. Source: 2009 Giants 300 survey. For more Giants 300 rankings, visit www.BDCnetwork.com/Giants
 

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