BIM, Robots and GIS
Ultimately the fate of BIM is going to be determined by whether real benefit from the data can justify the increase in cost of data collection. Using this same logic, a reduction in the cost of data collection helps lower the barrier to entry. It is clear the need to better manage the information in and about buildings and their relationship to the world around them is compelling. Here is a good articulation of the value, and an interesting solution to collecting information that can build a Building Information System that isn’t necessarily derived from 3D CAD at all.