Last week, a report was published by Timetric detailing statistics surrounding the implementation of BIM technology in the UK business sector. In the second quarter of 2016, the research company surveyed over 100 organisations involved in construction projects, including surveyors, contractors, architects and civil engineers with an objective to gain an understanding of the current state of BIM implementation in the global market, its perceived value, future and effect on return of investment.
The interesting results of the survey have revealed that while BIM implementation is on the ‘to-do’ list for most companies, the 3D technology is yet to achieve widespread use in the UK.
The survey shows that 41% of respondents do not currently use BIM. 20% are currently piloting the system and 10% plan to use BIM within the next 12 months. Most of the respondents were in consensus that BIM is the future of the building information industry.
It is perhaps surprising that many companies in the UK are not currently using BIM in ongoing building and construction projects.
The Government announced in April that the BIM mandate had come into effect, detailing that all procured projects in the public sector will need the implementation of Level 2 BIM. As well as this, it was revealed that all centrally-funded government departments would need to provide EIRs with all contracts.
The government in the UK has begun a four-year programme for sector modernisation with the key objectives of cutting capital cost and reducing the carbon burden from the construction and operation of the built environment by twenty percent. The government believes that implementation of BIM is an integral element of the plan that will lead to modernisation and positive development of the industry, giving business professionals in the sector the opportunity to work together on projects harmoniously.
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