Firms that use BIM have a competitive advantage
Posted on: 06/05/2014

According to the results of a new survey, it has been revealed that companies using building information modelling, (BIM) have a distinct competitive advantage. The survey data was released by construction specification service NBS at BIM Show Live in Manchester. Over 1,000 professionals in the construction sector took part in the analysis which found that 70% of firms felt that using BIM had a more positive influence over their competitors. A certain level of doubt was also revealed in the entire survey results with regard to the information available for BIM. Nearly 73% of those who responded said that there was insufficient clarity on what BIM is about and only a third had faith in what they had heard about BIM.

Other statistics showed that when respondents were asked where they would look or who they would seek for more information about BIM, their first port of call would be   their fellow professionals and outside organisations, ranking them at the top with 70% each. The NBS was next with 59%, followed by the BIM Task Group at 57%, RIBA at 49% and BIM consultants at 40%. Less than a third turn to a CAD seller. Further data also revealed that 58%, over half of those involved in the survey, considered the government to be on the right track with BIM, with just 16% disagreeing. A lack of confidence in BIM knowledge and skills has been expressed by a third of people, although the percentage of those who consider themselves to be confident has increased from a previous figure of 35% to 46%.

According to the Chief Executive of NBS and RIBA Enterprises, Richard Waterhouse, there is a need for more BIM training and professional development. It was found that the number of construction firms now using building information modelling on at least one project had reached 54%, which is an increase from 39% recorded last year. By the time 2016 arrives all centrally procured government contracts are expected to be using BIM, with 93% of the respondents saying they will have complied by then. In 2010, BIM awareness was 58%, but the recently released results of the survey show an increase to 95%.

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