Building Information Modelling ("BIM") is utilised in
the construction industry to improve efficiencies in the design
process by allowing members of the design team to use software to
collaboratively produce digital models containing information about
Reaching further than the design phase, uses of BIM can extend
throughout the building lifecycle to support cost management and
BIM is becoming more widespread in the UK however the private
sector remains somewhat cautious and slow on the uptake.
From April 2016, the government are to use BIM level 2 on all
centrally procured public sector projects. This significant
development was bolstered further by the government announcing
plans to implement BIM level 3, which requires a fully
collaborative working across all disciplines using a single shared
Concern about whether the industry is ready for BIM may
explain the private sector's slow uptake. Determining liability
when faults or problems arise and protecting intellectual property
rights are some of the key concerns.
Forward thinking developers and contractors have recognised key
benefits of BIM, such as faster delivery, lower costs and better
building quality. Whether the construction industry will adapt to
BIM is yet to be seen however the government's commitment will
surely raise the profile. With pressure on costs and efficiency
likely to be high on the agenda in 2017, we anticipate more
interest in BIM.
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