So which stories in our coverage of BIM and digital technology in construction pulled in most readers in 2015? Gratifyingly for the BIM+ team, the articles that resonated covered a wide range – in theme and geography.
The story at the top of the list shows that BIM + readers are international in their outlook – but perhaps also aware that the UK’s BIM advantage might only prove to be temporary.
In second place, from last January, the story that marked the arrival of the Daqri smart helmet on our website, and the industry’s radar.
Terry Gough’s opinion piece questioning what benefits BIM certification could bring to the industry certainly struck a chord with the readers.
In fourth place, the popularity of our-round up of post-graduate BIM courses offered by universities in the UK and Ireland certainly shows that readers are keen to upskill for the BIM era.
The highest-ranked BIM case study was in fifth place, perhaps because it had wide appeal – to architects, contractors and those interested in BIM design tools.
Another case study was in sixth place, this time the appeal was the combination of one of the largest projects in the country, London’s £450m Francis Crick Institute and the BIM philosophy of Laing O’Rourke.
January saw the first mention of the Daqri smart helmet, and December saw it deployed on its first live site trials, at Crossrail.
In eighth place, a story that attracted plenty of comments, and a project that seemed futuristic to some, but a bit of throwback to others.
Another case study in ninth place, and a BIM project that subsequently won several awards — Kier and LSI Architects’ Crome Court for the University of East Anglia.
And completing the list, a preview of how construction sites could look in the future — with overhead drones monitoring the progress of automated diggers and excavators.