BIM – Enforcement is Essential

BIM – Enforcement is Essential

16th May 2017

A recent survey of more than a thousand construction industry professionals has revealed that the current government is not enforcing its BIM (Building Information Modelling) level 2 mandate.  A worrying 51% disclosed that they believe that the government has not lived up to its target that all public contracts procured by central government need to be BIM level 2 compliant from April of last year.  This is cause for concern because enforcement is an essential part of the process when it comes to legislation and guidelines.  Here in the UK we enjoy a stringent enforcement process in most areas, especially when it comes to health and safety.  Legislation depends heavily on enforcement in order to be effective.

However, despite this, the survey did reveal that the government’s BIM policy has helped to increase awareness of BIM and has played a significant part in its adoption by construction companies.  More than 60% of respondents revealed that they now use BIM, which is a pronounced increase from the results returned in a similar survey carried out a year ago.  There’s been an 8% increase in BIM usage which is the largest increase recorded by the survey since 2014.

Of the companies that do use BIM, most are satisfied that it offers benefits, with a massive 70% believing that BIM helps to deliver a reduction in costs while 60% are convinced that BIM also helps to bring in projects on schedule, saving both time and money for project owners. 

It seems that the construction industry as a whole is taking a positive approach towards BIM usage which means that the industry has risen to the challenge in an admirable manner.  The adoption of BIM is an effective method of reaping commercial rewards as there’s been a 90% increase in demand for level 2 projects over the past 18 months across both private and public sectors.

Some of the benefits of adopting BIM are:

·         It streamlines the project from planning to implementation

·         It can reduce risks and improve safety

·         It can increase efficiency by up to 30%

·         It improves productivity

·         It offers an improvement in document co-ordination

·         It offers an enhanced communication process between all stakeholders in the project

·         It reduces waste and duplication

·         It saves money in the long term, providing an effective return on investment (ROI)

·         BIM reduces errors and the need for rework

·         It reduces conflict and changes during the construction process

·         It can improve client relationships

·         BIM usage and skills represent a great marketing feature for construction companies

If you’re a construction company owner you may be considering adopting BIM in the future but wondering if it really is worth the cost, especially if you’re a smaller building firm.  Next week we’ll be taking a look at BIM for the smaller construction companies so that you have all the Information you need to make an informed decision on whether or not it’s right for your business.