New job opportunities: Increasing demand for BIM managers

BIM (Building Information Modelling) is a method that involves the production and management of digital models of physical and functional attributes of buildings. This process also makes easier for engineers to collect and process the information about the building. The DNA of BIM is information. Ninety percent of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone and our current output of data is roughly 2.5 quintillion bytes a day. However, only 0.5% of this information is being meaningfully used. BIM has the capacity to use the information we are generating. By automating design optimization, BIM computer software will be able to automatically sort through thousands of possible design permutations and select the top designs that meet a project’s requirements.

The Balkan region includes countries that, according to some studies, have become the most attractive locations for outsourcing, due to the low cost of workers and a high number of highly educated, multilingual and experienced professionals. Furthermore, the region has the youngest population in Europe and is located strategically in a closer time zone to many main European countries.

Generally speaking, IT is in the highest demand on the international market, and it is followed by graphical design and multimedia on the second place and marketing services on the third place. But, when it comes to the increase in demand, during the last few years, 3D modeling and BIM services are among those that have the fastest growth rate.

Accordingly, we have made detailed research on the number of freelance jobs offered on the popular freelancing platforms and found out that there are around 1500 jobs openings monthly in the field of 3D modeling and around 600 per month when it comes to BIM and Revit. Frankly, these numbers are quite modest in comparison with IT industry, but if we take a look at the number of bids posted to each of these job openings, it is easy to conclude that the overall number of people offering BIM services on these platforms is really low.

Furthermore, investigating people who are doing BIM and promoting themselves on the Freelancer and Upwork, one can conclude that the majority of them are from England, USA, Sweden and other countries with high standard of living. Bearing it in mind, it is easier to comprehend why these services are offered at much higher prices compared to the prices people from the Balkans are able to offer.

Finally, the most important conclusion of this investigation is hidden in the fact that there is no enough freelancers doing BIM, especially when it comes to the developing countries. It is definite that the number of job opportunities would increase with the higher number of people offering these services, since these freelancing platforms are the synonym for IT and Marketing, and there is still a lot of space for other industries to spread out, especially for BIM.

Furthermore, the increasing number of nations around the world have recently issued the new regulations concerning the application of BIM to all public buildings and set the due dates for the implementation of these rules and standards. In 2017, the BIM Innovation Capability Program (BICP) created a report that is outwardly exhibited in the table attached.

AustriaLikely to be in place 2018
BrazilRoadmap under review / consideration
ChileBIM Mandated for 2020
ChinaBIM required through the 12th national Five-Year Plan
DenmarkMandatory requirement since 2007 (extended adoption in 2011)
DubaiMandated since 2013
FinlandSenate Properties 2007

Most of the global construction firms will be in charge to work in BIM. Therefore, the immense expansion of BIM around the globe can be expected very soon, as well as a lot of new job opportunities on the worldwide market. As it usually happens, very quickly, firms will be looking to achieve high quality at the lowest prices possible. This is when the comparative advantage of the Balkan region will come to the light. Thanks to the low standard of living, people in developing countries are willing to work at the lower rates in comparison with people living in highly developed regions. Accordingly, there is huge potential for the Balkans in conquering BIM market opportunities.

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