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Survey shows lack of BIM awareness

There is a pressing demand for improved awareness and understanding of building information modelling (BIM) across the built environment industry, according to an industry-wide survey.

The survey, carried out by National Building Specification (NBS), showed the limited adoption of BIM across the industry.

It comes just days after Paul Morrell, the government’s chief construction adviser, along with the Innovation and Growth Team at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, released a report highlighting plans for the use of BIM.

Some of the key points to emerge from the NBS survey were that around seven in 10 people who are aware of BIM believe it is the future of project information.

But less than two-thirds (60%) of those working in the sector believe the industry is not clear yet on what

In addition, only 10% currently use BIM for the majority of projects, but around two-thirds of those working in the industry expect to use it in the next five years.

And while efforts are being made to push BIM technology, around half of those working in the construction industry were ignorant of its use or benefits, while around four in 10 (43%) admitted they were not aware of BIM nor currently using it.

Dr Stephen Hamil, head of BIM at NBS, said: ‘The survey shows a clear split in the industry. Almost half admit they are not even aware of BIM.

‘However, the other half of the industry are aware of BIM and are making preparations to adopt it on a majority of their projects. What this may leave us with is a two tier construction industry, where there is a real chance of many companies being left behind.’

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