Moving up a level—exploring the future of BIM

Moving up a level—exploring the future of BIM

How will Building Information Modelling (BIM) continue to assist the construction industry? Sarah Rock, associate in the construction and engineering group at Herbert Smith Freehills, explores the future of BIM.

How widespread is the adoption of BIM across the construction industry now?

It is not as widespread as it should be, but it is certainly picking up pace. The National Building Specification (NBS) National BIM Report 2015 gives a good indication of where we are. The first NBS BIM Report in 2010 found that less than 15% of the industry was engaged with BIM. In 2015, this figure had risen to 48%. Looking ahead, 95% of those surveyed predicted that they would be using BIM in five years’ time. There has certainly been more interest of late and the 2016 government mandate has moved things along, but we still have a way to go.

Are the government’s 2016 BIM targets achievable?

In short, yes. There is a lot of guidance out there for SMEs and large corporations to assist with the uptake of BIM. Remember that these are only mandates for government projects so the rest of the industry can adopt at a pace to suit itself—but it really is catching up to where we ought to be.

While talking about BIM at seminars, I often use the analogy of Lego and Minecraft. Th

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