Electrical Contractors’ Association BIM survey results: 54% of UK SMEs not ready for Level 2 mandate

Logo Credit: Electrical Contractors' Association
Logo Credit: Electrical Contractors’ Association

Over the last few months, the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) have spoken of their intention to monitor and survey levels of Building Information Modelling engagement, a study that will examine the readiness of the building services sector regarding the UK Government’s Level 2 BIM mandate scheduled for April 4th, 2016.

As you may be aware, centrally procured public sector projects will require the implementation of BIM at Level 2 by the aforementioned date. In addition, centrally funded government departments will be required to provide “clear and complete” EIRs with all contracts by that date.

Sadly, the future-gazing results collected by the ECA are in, and they don’t paint a positive picture for building services SMEs.

54% of businesses turning over less than £1m are not ready for the mandate, that’s according to H&V News who have published some of ECA’s findings. The findings are slightly more positive for companies making more money, as only 30% of larger businesses are not equipped to meet the April 4th legislation. Still, the outlook is not as healthy as we would like to report for SMEs.

The number of companies earning over £20m is very high, as expected. 89% of those firms believe that they are perfectly equipped to tackle public sector projects on offer after early April.

SMEs cannot be left behind however, and the ECA’s Director of Business Services ensures that the company are on-hand to help. Paul Reeve explained: “Our survey shows that the majority of building services SMEs are not ready for BIM and could find themselves effectively frozen out from central government contracts.

“The ECA has developed a four-point action plan to help building services firms prepare for BIM Level 2, and we will be working with our industry partners to drive this plan forward.”

And the plan of action is? See below.

1. A “BIM readiness checklist” will be released shortly, to help firms identify the necessary steps to ensure they are prepared for Level 2 BIM.

2. A “BIM jargon buster” will also be made freely available, to help firms navigate through the maze of BIM terminology and acronyms and work out what it means.

3. Case studies will be developed to broaden the understanding of what it takes to engage with a BIM project.

4. The ECA will work with partners over a range of awareness, training and deployment issues, including efforts to develop a common approach towards the use of BIM objects.

Not to be pessimistic, but good luck to ECA regarding their fourth point. Developing a common approach to anything BIM-related is a tough task, just ask Wesley Benn!

View the source report here.

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