Chances are your construction company has at least dabbled in BIM (building information modeling) in some way in the past year. But what does the future hold for BIM and what will you need to know going forward?

MarketsandMarkets, www.marketsandmarkets.com, Dallas, Texas, recently announced the market for BIM is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 16.72% in 2020. In particular, the areas of industrial, commercial, and healthcare offer the highest chances for the BIM process to penetrate, according to the organization.

However, what is on the horizon for the collaborative building process? Both technology providers and AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) teams are already embracing BIM and identifying ways to continue to move BIM forward.

For example, BakerNowicki Design Studio, www.bndesignstudio.com, San Diego, Calif., is using technology to improve BIM specifications across construction projects, and is using technology from InterSpec, www.e-specs.com, Portland, Maine, to streamline processes across the company. The technology was selected because it allows for synchronization of specs with Revit templates.

In addition to AEC teams continuing to embrace BIM, technology providers continue to partner and develop new solutions to make sharing data across the BIM process easier.

For example, GeoShack North America, www.geoshack.com, Dallas, Texas, and Applied Software, www.asti.com, Atlanta, Ga., announced an alliance to support field-based BIM construction management solutions and layout hardware and software solutions for the construction industry across the United States.

Together the companies will be able to support BIM on construction projects from start to finish, which will ultimately maximize value for construction teams.

While these are just a few examples of how BIM is moving forward in the construction industry, a number of technology providers continue to come to market with new solutions and construction teams continue to embrace the BIM process. Keep an eye on this trend in the coming weeks. The industry is likely to see BIM continue to move forward.