McKinsey says ‘Next-generation 5D Building Information Modelling’ will shape the Future of Construction


In “Imagining construction’s digital future” 5D Building Information Modelling is identified as one of the five trends that will shape the future of construction.

Global consultancy firm McKinsey says “Combining 5D BIM and augmented-reality devices will transform construction, maintenance, and operations. To get the full benefit of BIM technology, project owners and contractors need to incorporate its use right from the design stage, and all stakeholders need to adopt standardized design and data-reporting formats compatible with BIM. In addition, owners and contractors need to dedicate resources for BIM implementation and invest in capability building.”

5D BIM is the next step up from 4D (time scheduling) and includes integration of the design with estimating and costing, including generation of quantities, development of rates and overall cost.

McKinsey has identified 5D BIM as one of five trends that will change the future of the global construction industry. Together, the five big ideas are:

Higher-definition surveying and geolocation;

Next-generation 5D building information modelling;

Digital collaboration and mobility;

The Internet of Things and advanced analytics;

Future-proof design and construction (using “future” materials and methods).

McKinsey says these are practical and relevant and are “designed to work together to deliver greater impact”. These topics are regularly covered in Irish building magazine and


For more information see ‘What is 5D BIM?’ by The B1M:

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