The Mixture of Construction and Technology

As one of the pillar industries of the national economy, the construction industry has always been a labor-intensive industry. In the third quarter of 2013-2019, China's construction industry maintained a good momentum of growth, and its share of GDP has remained above 20%. But even so, the low productivity level of the construction industry is not compatible with its socio-economic status. The informatization rate of China's construction industry differs from the international average level by about 10 times. According to the existing huge scale of China's construction industry, it will develop into a market of hundreds of billions or even trillions.

The construction information industry depends on the development of the entire construction industry, and the growth of the output value of the construction industry will drive the development of the entire construction information industry. Construction industry informatization refers to the use of information technology, especially computer technology, network technology, communication technology, control technology, system integration technology, and information security technology.

Construction engineering information depends to a large extent on the design and construction, and there is a high demand for software for the design industry. Therefore, the focus of the development of computerization in the construction industry should first be the informatization of the design industry. BIM technology is a digital tool for engineering design and construction management. This is a 3D digital technology that runs through the entire life cycle of a building, including planning, conceptual design, detailed design, analysis, drawing, prefabrication, construction, Operations and maintenance, demolition or renovation are the most critical big data technologies in the construction industry. Using BIM as the carrier, accumulating data and information during the construction life cycle can effectively improve the production and operation efficiency of the construction industry. And BIM software design is the top priority of the entire BIM platform, the most basic link, and the source of original data. Therefore, the design phase is usually considered the beginning of BIM development.

The Status of the Global Construction Information Industry

The global construction software market is expected to grow from 4.8 billion euros in 2015 to 9.9 billion euros in 2021, with a compound annual growth rate of 11%. Most of the markets are occupied by Europe and the United States. Compared with developed countries in Europe and America, the Asia-Pacific region has grown Slightly insufficient. The global BIM market will grow from 2.7 billion US dollars in 2014 to 11.5 billion US dollars in 2022, with a compound annual growth rate of 19.1%.

Companies from Europe and the United States occupy a leading position in the industry, mainly represented by Autodesk, Bentley Systems, Trimble in the United States, Nemetschek Group in Germany, and Dassault Systèmes in France. The bottom-up and market-oriented BIM industry development in the United States, the top-level design of the British government has yielded fruitful results, and small and medium-sized software companies in Germany have worked hard. In China, BIM software is also developing steadily, but the level of independent research and development in key technologies needs to be further improved.

Encouraging Policies Provide Guarantee for Industry Development

Since the "13th Five-Year Plan", a series of policies have been issued at the national level to promote the informatization transformation of the construction industry. In 2019, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development and the Development and Reform Commission issued guidance, requiring the vigorous development and utilization of modern information technologies and resources, to improve the level of information management and application, and to provide a guarantee for the development of the entire process engineering consulting business. In 2020, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development mentioned in the relevant work points to pilot the BIM plan review model, improve the informatization supervision capability and review efficiency, promote the integrated application of BIM technology in the whole process of project construction, and carry out the construction industry informatization development outline and The development of construction robots is to improve the informatization level of the construction industry. With the introduction of policies, the formulation of standards, and the deepening of industry consensus, the digital transformation of the construction industry is expected to accelerate.

Artificial intelligence technology promotes the development of the BIM industry

The development of artificial intelligence technology will provide impetus for the further development of the BIM industry. Artificial intelligence can classify and analyze large amounts of data, capture the laws behind the data, and quickly make behavioral decisions based on strong pattern information. Therefore, artificial intelligence technology plays an important role in assisting labor and improving efficiency in the process of engineering BIM and helps to promote the further development of the BIM industry.

Current Status of China's BIM Industry

Thanks to the deepening of the informatization process of the construction industry and the strong support of the national macro policy, China's BIM market has maintained a steady growth trend. The market size increased from 410 million yuan in 2014 to 910 million yuan in 2018, with an average annual compound growth rate of 22.1%. With the continuous innovation of BIM technology and the increase in corporate acceptance and awareness, BIM is expected to continue to increase its penetration in the construction industry, and the BIM market is expected to grow rapidly.

Due to the rapid development of construction industry informatization, as the core software product of building computerization, building structure design software is attracting more and more attention from other construction software companies. High-tech barriers to structural design software, architectural structural design software is still in the competition among a few companies, including PKPM, Yingjianke, Guangsha Software, and Explorer Software, but Guangsha Software and Explorer have a market share and comprehensive functions. Among them, it is sufficient to efficiently solve a large number of difficult and hot issues in the integrated design of conventional and complex building structures and the design industry and fills in the demand gap that other similar software cannot achieve. The company is a leader in the field of structural design software in China, with a deep moat in the field of structural design software. Such enterprises have obvious advantages in technology, talents, and brands for other domestic industry participants. However, due to the limitations of the platform, the difficulty of development, and the monopoly of foreign technology, the domestic construction informatization field has not yet emerged as a relatively mature localized BIM software platform.

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