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CIC survey touts BIM as 'future of construction'

Building information modelling represents the future of the construction industry, according to a survey conducted by the Construction Intelligence Center (CIC)

Almost half or respondents (49%) to the CIC survey are currently using or piloting BIM, with a further 10% planning to implement the technology during the next 12 months.
Almost half or respondents (49%) to the CIC survey are currently using or piloting BIM, with a further 10% planning to implement the technology during the next 12 months.

Building information modelling (BIM) represents the future of construction, according to a survey conducted by Timetric’s Construction Intelligence Center (CIC).

When asked to identify the future of the industry, BIM was selected by the highest percentage of respondents.

The survey found that BIM is currently being used, or piloted, by 49% of respondents, and is planned to be employed by a further 10% during the coming 12 months.

Commenting on the findings, Neil Martin, manager at Timetric CIC, said: “Building information modelling will grow in usage as the client and those offering BIM services recognise its value.”

Despite being identified as the future of the industry, the CIC survey’s results suggest that BIM is still in a developmental phase, with 9% of respondents stating that there is no demand for the technology, and an additional 16% saying that demand is limited.

In terms of usage, 82% of respondents claimed that BIM was being employed on less than a quarter of their projects. However, this figure is expected to reduce to 40% by 2020.

Today’s industry standard, BIM Level 2, is expected to be used by 27% of respondents in the next two years, with BIM Level 3 anticipated by 37% in the next three to five years. This shift is expected to be driven by increased competition or legislation, according to CIC.

Exactly half of respondents listed cost savings and operational efficiency as major drivers in influencing an organisation to implement BIM. Other influential factors that were reported included the facilitation of planning, costing, scheduling, visualisation, and design quality.

“Cost savings and improving operational efficiency are important drivers for its uptake by practitioners and its perceived effect on return on investment, which is largely the reduced cycle time for project activities and delivery, as well as lower project cost,” noted Martin.

“Although cost savings targets are relatively low at less than 5%, these increase by those to adopt BIM providing an impetus for implementation,” he concluded.

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