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BIM adoption tops 80% among the nation's largest AEC firms, according to BD+C's Giants 300 survey

BIM adoption tops 80% among the nation's largest AEC firms, according to BD+C's Giants 300 survey


August 11, 2010
This article first appeared in the 200907 issue of BD+C.



The nation's largest architecture, engineering, and construction companies are on the BIM bandwagon in a big way, according to Building Design+Construction's premier Top 50 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). Turner (#8 with 530 seats) and Mortensen Construction (#38 with 163 seats) are the only pure contractors to make the Top 50 BIM Adopters list.

Project: Yankee StadiumArchitect: HOK Sport + Venue + EventStructural engineer: Thornton Tomasetti (EA 10)MEP engineer: M-E Engineers (E 15)General contractor: Turner (C 1, CM 17)Construction manager: Tishman Speyer PropertiesRendering: Courtesy Turner Construction Co.


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.

Expanded Top BIM Adopter rankings are available at www.BDCnetwork.com/Giants.

Company* # of BIM seat licenses # seats added in '08 # seats adding in '09
*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. Expanded BIM rankings at: www.BDCnetwork.com/Giants.
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 Perkowitz+Ruth Architects 225
23 Smith Seckman Reid 225 45 20
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 GRAEF 145 15 5
44 Leo A Daly 145 22 30
44 NTD Architecture 145
47 Arquitectonica 140
47 Corgan Associates 140 25
47 CTA Architects Engineers 140 115
47 Little 140


2009 2008 Company 2008 Billings ($)
Rank
Source: 2009 Giants 300 survey. For expanded Architecture Firm rankings, visit: www.BDCnetwork.com/Giants
1 1 Gensler 744,300,000
2 2 Perkins+Will 400,000,000
3 3 Callison 185,000,000
4 Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates 146,000,000
5 4 NBBJ 135,735,000
6 5 RMJM 129,989,567
7 9 WATG 110,889,000
8 6 Perkins Eastman 107,000,000
9 7 Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects 81,070,000
10 15 tvsdesign 71,000,000
11 13 HMC Architects 65,446,823
12 8 Arquitectonica 62,400,000
13 10 MulvannyG2 Architecture 60,000,000
14 34 VOA Associates 51,000,000
15 12 NTD Architecture 49,200,000
16 24 Corgan Associates 48,929,118
17 17 Anshen+Allen 47,394,883
18 18 OZ Architecture 44,300,000
19 14 Perkowitz+Ruth Architects 44,000,000
20 21 FXFOWLE Architects 43,700,000
21 19 Cooper Carry 42,715,000
22 11 Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates 42,470,000
23 23 Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott 42,081,801
24 26 Ware Malcomb 41,896,419
25 35 BBG-BBGM 41,000,000
26 27 RSP Architects 40,091,508
27 BLT Architects 39,500,000
28 29 FRCH Design Worldwide 39,000,000
29 SchenkelShultz 34,880,000
30 29 KKE Architects 33,200,000
31 37 WWCOT 32,400,000
32 33 FKP Architects 31,939,000
33 48 Fentress Architects 31,679,680
34 NAC Architecture 31,551,000
35 35 Jerde Partnership, The 28,700,000
36 SHW Group 28,000,000
37 43 Morris Architects 27,109,737
38 RBB Architects 27,000,000
39 28 WHR Architects 26,400,000
40 38 MBH Architects 26,294,628
41 Goodwyn Mills and Cawood 26,240,000
42 20 Nadel Architects 26,000,000
43 Polshek Partnership Architects 25,397,128
44 32 Niles Bolton Associates 25,300,000
45 22 Mithun 24,000,000
46 44 Cuningham Group Architecture 23,892,676
47 41 Harvard Jolly 23,828,636
48 45 Solomon Cordwell Buenz 23,500,000
49 42 Carrier Johnson + Culture 22,000,000
50 Gould Evans Associates 21,402,000
51 Cambridge Seven Associates 21,400,000
52 50 Kirksey 20,821,686

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