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Paul Morrell: BIM is 'unstoppable'

The government’s chief construction adviser Paul Morrell has described the rise of building information modelling as ‘unstoppable’

Speaking at the Chartered Institute of Marketing Construction Industry group chairman’s debate, Morrell said that companies who adopt BIM will be offering an unanswerable business advantage to customers, reported sister title Construction News.

He said: ‘There will be spectacular change – we are only just beginning to understand the scale of what can be achieved and the amount of waste that can be eliminated from the system.’

Contractors gave examples at the debate of how using BIM enabled them to spot clashes and correct them at the model stage, embracing the concept of BIM. 

However there were concerns expressed about the level of investment required for those who are less far advanced, particularly smaller companies.

See here for further details on the debate.

Readers' comments (2)

  • Kevan Shaw

    BIM will build a wall in architecture between practices that can afford the very significant costs of implementation and those who cannot. There will also be a project scale where BIM will become mandatory. There will therefore be a point beyond which new and emerging practices cannot get work. It is inevitable that contractors and project managers will demand BIM capability in design teams for lower and lower value projects in the same way that 3D rendered presentations have now become essential for planning applications for projects where the fees can not really sustain this level of design.

    While BIM can provide benefits of really large scle projects that can afford it it will be a millstone for smaller projects and smaller practices.

    Kevan Shaw

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  • John Kellett

    There are many micro-practices such as my own that already use BIM capable software and implement BIM on small projects. For example Vectorworks Architect is fully BIM / IFC compatible and not much more expensive than AutoCad LT, a distinctly non BIM 2D generalist CAD package!
    The efficiency gains are there to be had on small projects too.
    Hopefully we will also see an end to 'plan drawers' resulting from the required adoption of BIM :-)

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