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Survey shows worrying lack of BIM awareness

There is a pressing demand for improved awareness and understanding of building information modelling (BIM) across the built environment industry, according to an industry-wide survey

The survey, carried out by National Building Specification (NBS), showed the limited adoption of BIM across the industry with almost half of those asked stating they were not aware of it - or were not using it.

The revelations comes just days after Paul Morrell, the government’s chief construction adviser, along with the Innovation and Growth Team at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, released a report highlighting plans for the use of BIM.

According to the NBS, only 10 per cent of industry professionals currently use BIM for the majority of projects. And while efforts are being made to push BIM technology, around half of those working in the construction industry were ignorant of its use or benefits, while around four in 10 (43 per cent) admitted they were not aware of BIM nor currently using it.

Stephen Hamil, head of BIM at NBS, said: ‘The survey shows a clear split in the industry. Almost half admit they are not even aware of BIM.

‘However, the other half of the industry are aware of BIM and are making preparations to adopt it on a majority of their projects. What this may leave us with is a two tier construction industry, where there is a real chance of many companies being left behind.’

Nevertheless around two-thirds of those working in the industry said they expected to use the system in the next five years and around seven in 10 people who were aware of BIM believe it is the future of project information.


Readers' comments (3)

  • John Kellett

    That doesn't surprise me at all. Even with skills in the BIM capabilities in ArchiCad and Vectorworks I found it impossible to find work when 'credit crunched'. My own new small practice uses the full BIM capabilities of vectorworks. I know of no other practice in the county using full BIM!

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  • No other architects using full BIM capabilities ;-) I assume that is tongue in cheek, surely no one could be quite so shameless as to really try and get away with that statement and not expect to get taken to task. So what is it that you are doing that the rest of us aren't?

    I'd steer clear of the following: producing drawings, schedules, quantification, clash detection, visualisation...

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  • John Kellett

    Not quite tongue in cheek because I truly hope that I'm not the only architect using full BIM in the County of Northamptonshire. There are only about 100 architects and a significant proportion of those work outside the County!
    Despite the additional work early on I am finding that there is an improvement in productivity and efficiency overall. The link between NBS and VWA/ArchiCad is useful too.
    The trick is not to produce information that looks like it's imitating a 2D Cad drawing that is imitating a pen drawing imitating a pencil drawing! Neither am I wasting time in Photoshop or Excel.

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