ECA and CIBSE launch survey to gauge state of play in building services’ sector

A sector-wide BIM survey has been launched to gauge the ‘BIM readiness’ of the UK M&E sector.

The new study will explore the readiness of the building services sector to engage with BIM within the next six to 12 months.

The survey has been launched by the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), leading building services and engineering consultancy BSRIA and Building magazine.

The investigation is expected to reveal crucial information about how prepared the sector is to adopt ‘BIM Level 2’ practice, with the government requirement for BIM Level 2 by 2016 fast approaching.

The survey is also supported by other leading players in the sector, including the British Electrotechnical and Allied Manufacturers’ Association (BEAMA).

The BIM study will run until September 15. Please click here to complete the survey.

Paul Reeve, ECA director of business services, said: “We urge all building services companies to take part in the new survey, and we will be sharing the data with the industry, the Government and other stakeholders when the results are in during September 2015”.

Hywel Davies, CIBSE technical director, said: “Government is committed to using BIM to improve its management and operation of buildings and infrastructure. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing services are all critical to the effective operation of buildings. Our sector is involved in the operational life and performance of built assets, not just the design and delivery.”

John Sands, BSRIA principal consultant and BIM specialist, said: “This survey will help us all to identify where we are in the BIM journey, and to enable us to plan the way forward to BIM maturity.”