BIM—a great opportunity being wasted? (2014) 25 7 Cons.Law 17 [Archived]
BIM—a great opportunity being wasted? (2014) 25 7 Cons.Law 17 [Archived]

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  • BIM—a great opportunity being wasted? (2014) 25 7 Cons.Law 17 [Archived]
  • Key points
  • What is the current state of play?
  • Attitude
  • Time constraints
  • Cost
  • Contracts
  • Adopt a realistic approach to programming
  • Cost
  • Contracts

This article appears as originally published in Construction Law on 1 September 2014 and is not maintained.

With less than 18 months to go before roll out of plans for Building Information Modelling to be used on all government projects, Charles Tomlinson of Weightmans reviews progress so far. Some fundamental changes still have to take place to give BIM a fighting chance, he concludes.

Key points

  1. BIM was intended to encourage the construction industry to work collaboratively and efficiently to avoid the major causes of time and cost overruns.

  2. Ambitious targets to be achieved by 2015 including a 50% improvement in delivery time and a 33% saving in whole-life costing.

  3. Some contractors can offer Level 2 BIM to clients now but others have no immediate plans to do so.

  4. This is not encouraging with only 18 months to go before BIM is to be rolled out for all government projects.

  5. There is a lot of work still to do to change attitudes and perceptions to enable the introduction of BIM to be the success it deserves to be.

It is difficult to argue with the concept of Building Information Modelling (BIM) which forms part of the government’s ongoing strategy to improve the overall performance of the construction industry. It is common sense. However, despite the recommendations of Sir Michael Lathom and all the significant and, largely effective,

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