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BCO conference: Occupiers missing out on BIM cost savings

Research by HOK and the BCO has uncovered that occupiers of offices are missing out on the potential savings offered by BIM

Research presented at the BCO conference in Madrid today (16 May) has found that despite the advances made by practices to adopt BIM, clients are still missing out on costs savings due to low levels of knowledge across the later phases of commercial office development.

The report by architecture practice HOK claims developers which can provide BIM information to occupiers and tenants will have a competitive advantage.

‘Occupiers are missing out. This needs to change.’

Research has found that the greatest benefit of BIM is through ‘de-risking the construction stages’, as a co-ordinated design is produced much earlier in the process.

Following the report the BCO has committed to promote the long term benefits of BIM within the commercial office sector.

James Wates, president of the BCO said: ‘BIM has great potential to unlock value in the commercial office sector. Although certain groups, such as the construction sector, are making good use of the technology, others, such as occupiers are missing out. This needs to change.’

Andrew Barraclough, director of performance at HOK added: ‘We’ve witnessed for some time now the benefits and efficiencies that BIM can create during the design and construction phase. In some sectors, these efficiencies are already starting to be passed to the client, however if the full value of BIM is to be realised, it is crucial that we continue to raise awareness and understanding of best practice across all sectors and at all stages of the supply chain.’

Following the report the BCO has committed to further work to promote the long term benefits of BIM within the commercial office sector and to define the core BIM capability developers should meet.  

The Government Construction Strategy was published in May 2011 and was followed by the announcement that BIM was to be used on all government construction projects by 2016.

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