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Decline in BIM use

Use of building information modelling (BIM) has fallen, according to research.

Just 48% of respondents to a survey by construction data firm NBS in December 2014 said they used BIM .

This was down from 54% the previous year and marked the first time the use of the 3D construction modelling technology had fallen.

NBS said the dip in BIM use could be due to the economic recovery leaving contractors with less time to invest in new ways of working.

It added that it was usual to see a slowing of adoption at around the point when any technology was adopted by half a population – and that shifts in the job types of people taking the survey could also be skewing the results.

Nonetheless, the apparent decline in use may cause concern in Whitehall, with the government insisting BIM must be used on every state-funded project from next year.

NBS polled 900 people in December 2014, almost half of whom were architects. and 2% of whom were civil engineers.

Readers' comments (1)

  • These results should be taken as encouraging, apart from the 2% civil engineering participation which is concerning but perhaps indicative of the polling organisation. Hopefully it is sign of maturity that organisations and projects are recognising the full impact of BIM and are not responding from a "we should be doing this perspective' but from a deeper understanding of what the full benefits of BIM are and that it is not the result of buying a box of software that does design and clash detection in 3D. So moving from the Ive bought a copy of ???? and therefore 'I do BIM' is maturing into'I need to embed this BIM thing into our processes'. Hence we are, perhaps, now seeing the real take up of BIM.

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