According to the largest national BIM survey in the UK, 70% of companies adopting the BIM framework believe it has given them a competitive advantage.
Awareness and take up of BIM is accelerating at a rapid pace with 15% increase compared with last year and amongst those not yet using BIM, around nine in ten respondents expect to have adopted the design tool in two years’ time.
From 2016 collaborative, 3D BIM will be mandatory on all public sector contracts in the UK and this will apply to the complete life cycle of every building including all project and asset information, documentation and data being electronic. This four year programme has the key objectives of reducing capital cost and the carbon burden from the construction and operation of government buildings and their environment by 20%.
Just over half of respondents in the fourth annual NBS national survey said the Government was on ‘the right track’ with its BIM strategy. 51% reported having achieved Level 2 BIM on at least one project during the last 12 months. The use of COBie is showing marked increases. This allows the design team to use a Building Information Model to embed and then deliver the information that supports the use and maintenance of a building, which enables perhaps the greatest cost savings for the client.