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May 22 2015

Survey Says UK Not Ready for BIM Level 2

Benchmark your BIMWith the UK BIM mandate less than a year away CONJECT conducted a survey of the AEC industry and Asset Owners to measure Level 2 readiness, and to identify gaps in knowledge and capabilities.

 

The survey sample consists of 813 respondents with 70% from the CONJECT database and 30% from third party sources, whilst 85% are from the supply chain, asset owner functions are also represented.

 

Survey conclusions

The survey conclusions highlight the significant leaps forward needed to attain BIM Level 2 compliance by 2016.  The survey white paper can be downloaded here.

 

  1. BIM is viewed by some as something imposed on them, holding limited benefits but costing time and money. This points to education needs across the industry, targeted at the specific needs of different job roles, e.g. educate Subcontractors to ‘bring them along’ on the BIM journey Main Contractors have already embarked upon. The focus of the training should be on the operational aspects of implementing BIM as well as on the cultural change required to make it a success. The need for training is consistently highlighted throughout the results of the survey, with the industry having a long way to go before BIM-readiness in 2016.

 

  1. Asset owner functions have the highest expectations and are most positive about the benefits of BIM. They have clear views, whilst Subcontractors are the least positive, and indicate the highest levels of confusion about the benefits of BIM. In contrast, the relatively lower expectations of the supply chain could be due to the onus for the hard work of implementing BIM currently resting with them.

 

  1. The Supply Chain needs to be aware that the expected benefits of BIM are high and strongly held by asset owner roles, whereas the supply chain’s own expectations of cost benefits are much lower. Several survey comments suggest the costs of implementing BIM are prohibitive, be it for IT training and educating large teams or implementing new working practices.

 

  1. There is low use of dedicated technologies across the industry, with a reliance on generic technologies such as email and spreadsheets, and work practices such as printed documents for the making of manual amendments onsite. This will prevail until more mobile solutions emerge to support onsite working.Currently 70% of respondents use email, generic file management, internal systems and other methods to share project data. These tools put project efficiency and data security at risk.

 

  1. Comparing the current BIM adoption rates with the predicted adoption rates by 2016, it is clear that there is a considerable way to go before the industry can say it is BIM ready. Although Main Contractors and to a lesser degree Subcontractors and Consultants appear enthusiastic to improve their BIM capabilities, there is a view that BIM is optional, or that it only applies to those who work in the public sector or on larger jobs. To think this is to miss the benefits of BIM, and to misinterpret the UK Government’s ambitions for the transformation of the whole construction industry.

Read the full report here

 

CONJECT CDE provides collaboration with control

To deliver Level 2 BIM, you need technology that supports BIM processes and meets the data standards of PAS1192-2.  CONJECT CDE provides collaboration with control, to find out more read our Common Data Environment information sheet.

About the author

Michelle Mason

Michelle Mason leads the UK and MEAP Marketing team, with far too many years in B2B marketing to mention. A CONJECT newbie, Michelle is eagerly climbing a steep learning curve.

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