Drawing parallels from the broader open source community, a concerning trend emerges. Open source projects often start as solo ventures, but without proper funding or support, they either shut down, remain chronically underfunded, or get adopted by big tech firms, diluting the original intent. If this pattern is anything to go by, the industry’s adoption of open source in AEC, and especially in BIM, could face similar challenges.
Given the urgency of the climate crisis, the AEC industry doesn’t have the luxury of time. It needs reliable, financially sustainable technological solutions now more than ever. And while the ideals of open source — collaboration, transparency, and community-driven innovation — align well with the collaborative spirit of BIM, the practical challenges cannot be ignored.