BIM users double in two years
The number of construction industry professionals using building information modelling (BIM) has more than doubled in two years, a new survey shows.
But despite rapid adoption of BIM within the industry, there is a perception among smaller businesses that BIM technology and equipment is too costly to integrate on current projects.
Around 1,000 construction professionals, including engineers, surveyors and architects, representing small, medium and large businesses were questioned for National Building Specification’s 2012 survey. Just under a third (31 per cent) said they are using BIM, up from 13 per cent in 2010.
Awareness of BIM has also increased, with only 21 per cent still unfamiliar with it, compared to 43 per cent in 2010. Of those who knew about the technology, three-quarters predicted they would be using it this year, while almost 100 per cent said they hoped to implement it within five years.
More than 80 per cent believed BIM improves the coordination of construction documents, while 65 per cent of those using the technology say BIM delivered cost efficiencies.
However, 63 per cent of those working in smaller businesses thought that BIM was too expensive to consider implementing at the moment.