BIM Voice: Andy Ainsworth – What does 2015 hold for BIM?

Credit: Project Five
Credit: Project Five

BIMcrunch has become a platform for a plethora of elite industry names to become guest writers on the site and share their thoughts and opinions with the #GlobalBIMCrew. It is our pleasure to welcome back Project Five Consulting‘s Andy Ainsworth, who looks at what 2015 holds for Building Information Modelling in the UK.

It feels like a long time since the publication of the Government’s Construction Strategy in 2011 and the introduction of the mandate to meet the target of BIM Level 2 Maturity by March 2016.

The industry has come a long way since 2011 in its understanding and awareness of BIM – what it is, what it can help us achieve and what BIM is not! Recent surveys have shown that awareness of BIM has soared across all levels of the supply chain. Intelligence from NFB and the NBS, for example, indicates a significant shift in the understanding of BIM over the last four years.

This reflects the huge effort that has gone into raising the awareness of BIM among the construction sector and Project Five has been fortunate to be at the forefront of this. Our work on the NFB BIM Early Adoption Programme, the FutureFit Programme working with SMEs in South East England and the BEST BIM programme supporting the supply chain in Wales has given us a unique insight into the way in which sector is moving towards 2016.

Awareness and understanding is of course only the start of the journey but our experience has shown that many organisations, whilst aware of BIM, are still struggling to align their business with the processes required to become ‘BIM ready’. Our NFB work indicates that less than a fifth are working on projects to BIM Level 2 maturity.

More and more, clients are asking for BIM capability through their procurement exercises, but in reality only a handful have made significant progress towards adopting BIM. Public sector clients will be critical to the successful adoption of BIM and like the industry itself there is still much work to do to ensure they are BIM ready by 2016.

So what does 2015 hold? It’s when the big countdown begins. It’s when the pace of change should really start to increase if we are to have any realistic prospect of meeting the 2016 target date.

Having changed hearts and minds, now is the time for implementation. There are some excellent examples of where the leading edge – clients and supply chain – are moving towards BIM level 2 maturity. We need to share these examples of good practice and we need our public sector clients to lead from the front.

But perhaps most of all we need to ensure that at all levels of the supply chain we start to engage with our project partners to work collaboratively in the adoption of BIM.

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