Bim adoption more than doubles
But confusion over definition of bim still widespread
The number of construction professionals using bim (building information modelling) has jumped from 13% to 31%, according to the results of the NBS’s annual bim survey.
Of the 1,000 respondents to the national survey, almost 19 out of 20 expected to be using bim within the next five years; 80% of those who had already adopted bim agreed that it increases the coordination of construction documents; while 65% said it delivered cost efficiencies.
However, 21% were still unaware of bim and its potential benefits. Of those who hadn’t yet adopted bim into their workflow, two thirds cited expense as the main barrier and almost half said that they needed to get through the downturn before considering bim adoption.
And, although the majority agreed that bim was “the future of project information”, four out of five respondents said the industry was still not clear enough on what bim actually was.
Stephen Hamil, head of bim at RIBA enterprises, said that adoption would continue to gain momentum despite the confusion.
“The survey clearly shows that in the UK the question is no longer will bim be adopted, but how quickly,” said Hamil.
“The fact that three-quarters of those aware of bim predict they will be using it on projects by the end of the year shows the speed with which things are moving.”
Full results of the survey will be available to download from thenbs.com on February 9