According to research conducted by UK Construction Week in partnership with BRE, three quarters of construction professionals do not believe the industry is ready to meet mandatory BIM Level 2 requirements by 2016.
The research, which questioned more than 1,200 architects, contractors, developers, engineers and product manufacturers about their experiences of BIM, revealed a number of uncertainties throughout the industry.
In particular, the results uncovered a tension between the expectations of the specification community and the perceived demand for BIM-compliant products by manufacturers and suppliers.
Just over 74% of respondents think the industry will fall short of this target, which is due to come into effect for all procurement projects from central government and its agencies next year. Worryingly, a further 62% of respondents replied that they do not understand what is needed in order to meet the requirements of BIM Level 2.
The creation of accurate, complete and unambiguous information delivered from a single source is a fundamental principle of BIM. It is therefore somewhat ironic that the industry has to struggle with multiple sources and levelled information in order to ascertain the requirements for BIM Level 2.
Nearly 71% of the non-manufacturing respondents believe suppliers are not moving quickly enough to provide BIM ready information. This figure appears to be borne out by the survey results, with two thirds of the building product manufacturers contacted by UK Construction Week stating their products are not yet available as BIM objects.
Conversely, though, when questioned about the main obstacle to creating BIM-ready components, 41% of manufacturers said there is simply not enough demand for this from their customers.
Overall, however, acceptance and adoption of BIM does appear to be on the increase, with the majority (85%) of respondents claiming that its introduction is a positive development for the industry. Only 16% of the sample have never used BIM and have no plans to do so, while the remainder are already active or are preparing to embark on BIM projects in the near future.
Paul Oakley, associate director at BRE, said:
“The creation of accurate, complete and unambiguous information delivered from a single source is a fundamental principle of BIM. It is therefore somewhat ironic that the industry has to struggle with multiple sources and levelled information in order to ascertain the requirements for BIM Level 2.”