A recent study by NBS provides a snapshot of BIM (Building Information Modelling) implementation within the UK’s construction industry.
Conducted between December 2012 and February 2013, a cross section of 1,350 professionals spanning a range of business sizes and disciplines from across the industry including architecture, engineering and surveying were included.
71% of respondents to the NBS survey agreed that BIM represents the ‘future of project information’.
39% confirmed that they were now actually using BIM.
Fewer than half of respondents are aware of the different levels of BIM, despite Level 2 being mandatory on all Government projects by the end of 2016.
74% agreeing that ‘the industry is ‘not clear enough on what BIM is yet’.
Only one-third of those questioned claim to be ‘very’ or ‘quite’ confident in their BIM knowledge and skills.
Despite the uncertainty around the subject, the survey once again supported the view that the greater use of BIM is unstoppable with 73% agreeing that clients will increasingly insist on its use, 66% saying the same about contractors and 51% confirming that the Government ‘is on the right track with BIM’.
Of those who have adopted BIM, more than half believe that the introduction of BIM has resulted in greater cost efficiencies whilst three-quarters report increased coordination of construction documents. Improved productivity due to easy retrieval of information and better quality visualisations were other gains.
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