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Survey shows BIM awareness is rising

Civil engineers across several key infrastructure sectors such as water, rail and power have a “very good” understanding of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and its benefits, according to a recent survey.

The survey of ICE members was carried out to assess the industry’s readiness for implementing Level 2 BIM by 2016.

Results showed that many participating members showed awareness and understanding across a number of areas.

These included BIM’s potential to produce cost and time savings, to improve operational efficiency and asset management and to deliver sustainable construction.

The survey also showed some areas where detailed knowledge required to confidently deliver a BIM Level 2 project was lacking.

Government BIM working group chairman and ICE BIM action group member Mark Bew said: “Back in 2011, the most common question across industry was ‘what is BIM?’ Encouragingly, now we are seeing much improved levels of awareness and understanding around what BIM can do.

“There are, however, still some areas of concern - the understanding of data and classification systems is a particular area of the process that needs support.

But the fact that some sectors are making good progress provides some best practice examples and an opportunity to learn lessons and ensure support is focused.

“The ICE, through its BIM action group, is keen to support the government and our members in ensuring they are fully equipped for the digital switchover,” he said.

“We have also worked with other key stakeholders to produce a paper Leveraging the Relationship between BIM and Asset Management, explaining the mutually-supportive relationship between BIM and asset management.

“The two should not be isolated practices, they must be considered together to realise the full benefits for all concerned,” he added.

The survey will be further analysed by the ICE’s BIM Action Group in the coming months.

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