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

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

By Dave Barista, BD+C Managing Editor | August 11, 2010

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
1AECOM Technology Corp.2,000  
1HDR Architecture2,0002,000 
3Parsons Brinckerhoff1,8004050
10Skidmore, Owings & Merrill4507525
12RTKL Associates37343 
13Cannon Design320  
15Merrick & Co.3021525
16CH2M HILL30040 
18TLC Engineering for Architecture27025 
20Day & Zimmermann International265  
23Smith Seckman Reid2254520
23Perkowitz+Ruth Architects225  
25KJWW Engineering Consultants20935 
27Burt Hill20525 
28Gresham, Smith and Partners20330 
29Bergmann Associates, Architects Engineers Planners2003020
29Syska Hennessy Group200  
33Albert Kahn Associates1803510
33Goodwyn Mills and Cawood18020 
35Affiliated Engineers17513 
36Heery International1731010
37Fanning/Howey Associates1691226
38Mortenson Construction16325 
39Morris Architects16220 
40KMD Architects1552010
41Clark Nexsen15310 
42RNL Design150  
44Leo A Daly1452230
44NTD Architecture145  
47Corgan Associates14025 
47CTA Architects Engineers140115 
51BSA LifeStructures13920 
51Facility Group139  
54Flad Architects131  
55RDK Engineers130  
56TRO Jung/Brannen12720 
57URS Corp.12525100
57BRPH Companies12512 
59Shive-Hattery124 10
60Cogdell Spencer Erdman123  
61DPR Construction1216190
62McCarthy Holdings1202530
63PGAL119 5
64EYP Architecture & Engineering1182715
65Ellerbe Becket116  
67DLR Group1065826
69H+L Architecture103  
70Perkins Eastman1005050
70KPFF Consulting Engineers100  
73VOA Associates95  
74H.F. Lenz Co.93 5
76Polshek Partnership Architects872021
77CASCO Diversified Corp.8636 
78Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners85  
80Thornton Tomasetti8020 
82Walter P Moore7916 
83Heapy Engineering751530
83OZ Architecture754025
83M/E Engineering7555
83Hammel, Green and Abrahamson7575 
87FKP Architects74 10
87Environmental Systems Design74  
89Westlake Reed Leskosky734228
91Hensel Phelps Construction712313
92Peter Basso Associates701712
92Gould Evans Associates70  
96Teng & Associates6764
96Fentress Architects67153
99Cuningham Group Architecture652510
99Joseph R. Loring & Associates65 3
101Crafton Tull Sparks645 
102Nadel Architects622042
102JE Dunn Construction Group6235
102Carrier Johnson + Culture625 
105DGA planning | architecture | interiors6126 
106SHW Group606050
106Ryan Companies US601515
106Harley Ellis Devereaux60510
109WHR Architects5955
110Webcor Builders582115
111Swinerton Inc.57715
112Ballinger56 20
113BLT Architects55  
114RBB Architects5479
115Skanska USA Building532522
116John A. Martin & Associates52142
116Good Fulton & Farrell52  
118Balfour Beatty Construction503550
118MulvannyG2 Architecture505020
118Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott50  
121Barton Malow Co.497 
122BEI Associates4824
123Clark, Richardson & Biskup Consulting Engineers4616 
124Durrant Group, The4530 
124Paulus, Sokolowski and Sartor45  
128Lilker Associates Consulting Engineers44  
129M+W Zander43510
129Gray Construction433 
129Spectrum Engineers43  
132Gilbane Building Co.421010
133Henderson Engineers4117 
135Dunham Associates402030
135Plunkett Raysich Architects402020
135Holder Construction Co.401515
135RSP Architects40515
139Moseley Architects391730
139Sasaki Associates392212
139Weitz Co., The39102
144Reynolds, Smith and Hills37215
145ADD Inc.36 10
145NAC Architecture3666
145Wallace Engineering36114
148L. Robert Kimball & Associates352525
148Swanke Hayden Connell Architects35 15
148PCL Construction Enterprises35105
148Wick Fisher White Engineers35  
153Stanley Consultants3412 
154Bridgers & Paxton Consulting Engineers331729
154Magnusson Klemencic Associates33  
156Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon321220
156James Posey Associates32324
159Beck Group31 22
159Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates31510
161Benham Companies303025
161HMC Architects301020
161Sundt Construction30 5
161Boldt Company, The30  
161Hoffman Construction30  
161TMAD Taylor & Gaines30  
161Ware Malcomb30  
170Simpson Gumpertz & Heger29166
*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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