1-2-3 Revit: Building Information Modeling in India – BIM gives architects in India the quick delivery they need to compete
The key issues challenging BIM adoption in India revolve around cost: software, additional hardware and training. With labor a relatively smaller part of the cost equation, firms need to see very concrete benefits to justify the move to BIM. On the other hand, because most firms are still using 2D drafting solutions (predominantly AutoCAD) instead of intermediate object CAD-based modelers, they are starting with a clean slate — no intermediate technology investments to deal with and no legacy data issues.
Let’s look at three architectural firms of varying size that have deployed Autodesk Revit Building and examine how BIM has affected their businesses. These firms already use AutoCAD, so like their brethren profiled in my article on BIM’s rollout in South Africa, integrating Revit with AutoCAD on a working project was viewed as low risk. All these firms have gone straight into production using Revit Building.
PMK Architects, located in Bangalore, is a firm with a staff of 10. Established in 1980, its landmark projects include the Bangalore Stock Exchange and a variety of projects for Wipro. PMK is currently using Revit Building on two large mixed-use commercial projects: a 75,000 sq. ft. commercial center (including four stories of retail space, a two-story parking garage and a 450-person auditorium); and a four-story, 25,000 sq. ft. medical clinic.
PMK has been using Revit Building for less than a year, but the company already has found it particularly useful for visualizations and walkthroughs (figure 1). According to PMK partner Prabhakar Kulkarni, “The visualization capabilities of Revit allow our clients to quickly see their building projects early in the design stage — speeding up approval processes and saving us all time and money.”