Almost half of built environment firms are still not using building information modelling – which became mandatory on government projects today – according to research.
The 2016 National BIM Survey by industry information body NBS showed that 46% of respondents were not yet using BIM.
All central government departments now require suppliers to demonstrate in bids for work that they can use level 2 BIM, where the various parties involved in a construction scheme use digital models on compatible file formats.
The BIM Task Group – a public-private collaboration driving use of the technology – today insisted BIM was “very much business as usual”.
But despite only 4% of the 1,000-plus respondents to the NBS poll being unaware of the technology, a significant number were not yet using it.
London aside, something of a North/South split in BIM use was revealed by the survey.
Just 38% of respondents in the East of England were using BIM, along with 45% in the South West and 48% in the South and South East.
In contrast, adoption in the North East was 69%, Yorkshire and Humber 64% and Northern Ireland 72%.
The future prospects for BIM were encouraging, with 86% of respondents who were aware of the technology now expecting to be using it by this time next year; and 97% within five years.
However, four in 10 said that they were not clear on what they had to do to comply with the BIM mandate, and only one in 10 believed the construction industry was ready to deliver on the government’s 2016 requirements.
Four in 10 of respondents were architects, with a range of other professions represented including contractors, quantity surveyors and developers.