RICS survey reveals that only one in 10 QSs are considering adopting a new BIM strategy

Only one in 10 QSs are actively considering adopting BIM despite the growing evidence of client and contractor uptake of the technology.

The RICS, which conducted the survey into the use of BIM, called on the profession to “get its act together” and adopt the system.

The survey also found only one in 10 QSs were using BIM regularly, while less than a third had had some limited engagement with the system.

Around 20% of respondents said they had worked on projects where BIM was used within the last 12 months and felt using BIM would have been appropriate on two and a half times as many projects. Only 4% of QSs are investing regularly in BIM training.

The most frequent use of BIM was for construction scheduling (14%), followed by extracting quantities and facilities management (both 8%).

BIM requires firms to conform to a set of standard processes and 3D modelling of projects, and is designed to encourage greater collaboration on projects.

The government announced in May that it is making BIM mandatory on all government projects within five years.

Responding to the RICS’ BIM survey, Paul Morrell, the government’s chief construction adviser, warned QSs they were “hazarding” their businesses by not adopting BIM.


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