UK authority calls for BIM adoption

Businesses have a range of tools at their disposal to make the most out of the design process. Here's how they are reacting to building information modelling. 

BIM model There's a great range of products defining the design process for businesses across a number of industries.

Of course, while these software solutions all come complete with their own unique benefits, it's not always easy to ensure your team is getting the most out of them. 

This is where building information modelling (BIM) steps in, creating a link between the various processes, software, tools and personnel involved in the creation of a product. 

With BIM, the various goals a project must meet are united in a central system that prioritises design quality, inter-team collaboration, efficiency and financial stability. Put simply, BIM seeks to reduce the likelihood of certain missteps occurring through the course off a project. This includes events such as mistakes, cost overruns and miscommunication. 

However, while the benefits to BIM adoption are many, there's a still a number of firms yet to embrace the advantages the solution offers. Here's what research from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) found. 

Room for further BIM adoption
The RICS study specially focused on BIM use in surveying companies, but the lessons are valuable for any organisation that's ready to start investigating the value of these solutions. 

According to RICS, almost three-quarters (74 per cent) of respondents to the survey had at least investigated a business case for BIM adoption, an essential first step when preparing for the technology. 

However, the conversion rate is still low. While the majority (51 per cent) of firms surveyed use BIM processes daily, this still leaves a significant number that are yet to receive the benefits. 

Of those that are using BIM processes regularly, more than two-thirds (68 per cent) believe it's mostly smaller companies that are operating without it. In particular, this is due to what the RICS calls insufficient information for these businesses to make a decision. 
A representative from The Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA) believes BIM affects the entire industry, not just the individual businesses that adopt it. 

"It's clear from the research that the industry needs to be doing more to help such surveying firms - as well as the wider industry - in getting up to speed with the technology, particularly when it comes to how they can implement the technology across their organisation," Principal Consultant and BIM Specialist John Sands explained. 

To find out more about what your business needs to know to get the most out of BIM, download our free BIM whitepaper or contact Redstack to discuss a tailored BIM solution to meet your specific needs.


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