NBS industry survey shows almost a third of professionals now using BIM
Industry take up of BIM has rocketed in the past two years with almost a third of construction professionals now using it, a new survey has shown.
The annual survey, from National Building Specification (NBS) and due to be published in full later this week, found that 31% of professionals are now using BIM compared with 13% in 2010, with three quarters of those aware of BIM predicting they will be using it in 2012.
However, the survey also indicated that BIM remains poorly defined and understood with four out of five of those questioned agreeing that the industry is not yet clear on what BIM is.
Dr Stephen Hamil, RIBA Enterprises head of BIM, said: “The survey clearly shows that in the UK the question is no longer will BIM be adopted but how quickly?
“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.”
The survey also found that the perceived expense and time commitments involved in BIM remain problematic, particularly for smaller businesses with almost two-thirds of respondents agreeing that BIM is too expensive to consider at the moment.
NBS 2012 survey: key findings
- Almost a third (31%) of construction professionals are now using BIM – up from 13% in 2010.
- The number of those unaware of BIM has halved – with just over a fifth (21%) still unfamiliar with the technology compared to 43% in 2010.
- Three quarters of those aware of BIM predict they will be using it by the end of 2012 – and almost 19 out of 20 people expect to be using it in five years’ time.
- More than 80% agreed BIM improves the coordination of construction documents – with 65% of those using the technology saying BIM delivered cost efficiencies.
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