While pioneering firms strive to reduce risk and increase productivity by embracing virtual design and construction, the vendors enabling VDC struggle to anticipate user needs and differentiate themselves from their competition without losing customers in swamps of technological confusion. Slide Show Image: 2009 Open Geospatial Consortium Inc. and buildingSMART alliance Image: 2009 Open Geospatial Consortium Inc. and buildingSMART alliance Related Links: Digital-Modeling-Standard Effort ‘SOS’ Forty Years of Grassroots Development Modeling Pathfinders Impatient To Have A Much Fuller Digital Toolbox Digital Box There are myriad products addressing discrete aspects of virtual design and construction. Most work independently and share their results
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.