Is the disbandment of the Government’s BIM Task Group way too premature?
One construction expert believes the decision to wind-down the “invaluable” group in 2015 is “concerning”. In a guest post on Construction Manager, a partner at Trowers & Hamlins specialising in projects and construction, Assad Maqbool believes that “now does not appear to be the right time to disband the organisation”.
Although the Government’s 2016 mandate for public sector projects (in which all aforementioned projects must adopt collaborative 3D BIM) is still intended to be achieved successfully thanks to the formation of a ‘legacy group’, Maqbool is concerned that private-sector companies will be less inspired to move towards BIM adoption because of the Task Group closure. He wrote:
“The government’s stated intention that all centrally-funded projects should be required to use collaborative 3D BIM by 2016 is still in place, and has been the driver for private sector investment in the training and technology to support that ambition. Without that guaranteed pipeline of work, there is not the same business case for private sector organisations to invest, no matter that the efficiency and cost-saving case for BIM is compelling in the long run.”
Maqbool also delves into difficulties private-sector firms can have transitioning to BIM, which at times can prove costly and take a lengthy period of time due to extensive training. He elaborated:
“It remains as difficult as ever for public sector construction clients to use dwindling budgets to train and upskill to implement BIM. The BIM Task Group, through a small number of dedicated individuals, has been vital in not only supporting public sector organisations in the practical implementation of BIM, but also in providing those justifications.”
Maqbool closes by stating that in his belief, BIM adoption is still at an early stage and reliance solely on the private sector is moving things forward too quick. He said: “It is too early to rely on the private sector to take up the mantle in a reliably consistent way and it seems premature to talk of legacy and Level 3, when widespread use of BIM Level 2 remains in its infancy.”
Read Maqbool’s full guest article here.