BIM proficiency is fast-becoming one of the most important skills in the architecture, engineering and construction sector. Recently, Marc Howe wrote about how it's changing the professional market across the globe. The bottom line: Those who don't adapt quickly are at risk of being left behind, with the best talent going to firms that utilize the most high tech practices.

As with many other career skills, acquiring high levels of expertise and proficiency in BIM is best achieved via learning on the job, as opposed to through instruction in classroom environments.

Should BIM proficiency become one of the most pivotal considerations for members of industry, it could significantly skew employment patterns in favour of those companies that possess the most extensive and sophisticated BIM systems and provide the best opportunities for on-the-job training.

This could even further raise the appeal of leading and established engineering firms such as AECOM and Downer for new entrants to the work force.

Other ways that the increasing use of BIM technology is changing the industry: It creates a new opportunity for necessary continued education. It could also hamper partnerships and collaboration if one party isn't as advanced as the other.

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