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The Future of BIM and Smart Cities

Oct 14, 2020 10:42:00 AM

Since 1997, Existing Conditions has measured and documented an estimated 200 million square feet of space for architects, engineers, building owners, and real estate professionals. We use 3D laser scanning technology to gather millions of data points that can be used for many things, including building information modeling (BIM). This information has proven to be invaluable for several industries as it currently stands, but what does the future hold for BIM?

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One of the most exciting ways BIM is expected to develop in the future is for creating smart cities. Urbanization and overpopulation in many cities means there’s a high demand for efficiency. And cities built by utilizing BIM offer just that. For example, BIM gives city planners a more comprehensive view of a city than any other documentation. Not only can it be used for above ground structures, but it can also be used to document below-ground utilities and structures. 

Recent research suggests the global smart cities market is expected to reach a whopping $3.5 trillion by 2026—and BIM plays a major role in that growth. In addition to improving energy infrastructure in cities, BIM can help improve vehicle-related issues, and also help make cities safer.


According to the report: “The smart security segment is expected to overtake this segment by 2026 end, accounting for 4% of the global revenue share. Adoption of smart security technologies such as network security systems, cyber security systems, IP surveillance cameras, and wireless alarms for public safety is expected to drive growth of the smart security segment over the forecast period.”

Saving time and money

With accurate BIM, security vulnerabilities are easier to spot and address than ever before. It also allows you to test security improvements before implementing them, saving significant time and money.

The future of BIM extends to far more than just building smart cities. Industries that have yet to utilize laser scanning and BIM are expected to adopt this technology more frequently as new uses are identified. 

As advanced as current laser scanning technology is, it’s only expected to get even more precise and accurate in the future. Adopting this technology as soon as possible offers you and your industry a significant advantage over slower adopters. Contact us today to find out what Existing Conditions can do for you.

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Jared Curtis

Written by Jared Curtis

President, Existing Conditions