Lack of client demand is biggest barrier to adoption of BIM

Lack of client demand is biggest barrier to adoption of BIM

RICS’ BIM survey reveals that limited client demand is standing in the way of industry-wide adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM).

100 per cent of survey respondents, from a broad spectrum of built environment disciplines, reported that they are now using or activity considering adopting BIM. 49 per cent of those surveyed at RICS’ National BIM Conference have not actually implemented a BIM strategy though, with an overwhelming 46 per cent claiming minimal client demand is impeding actual usage. A current absence of standards, and insufficient IT and technology systems were also referenced by 17 per cent and 15 per cent of respondents respectively as further barriers restricting uptake. 

The survey demonstrated an encouraging level of recognition of the range of benefits that BIM can deliver to the industry and to business’ bottom lines, with responses relatively balanced against factors of growth and innovation, cost reduction, sustainability, performance efficiency, competitive advantage and life cycle management.

Alan Muse, Director of Built Environment Professional Groups at RICS, commented, “As an industry, we should be encouraged by the growing traction that BIM is gaining as the route forward for the built environment, but also be prepared to embrace our responsibilities in overcoming identified barriers and issues. It is particularly important that we look to address the cultural shift identified by almost a quarter of respondents as being fundamental to creating a BIM future.

“Education will be critical to initiating the cyclical change needed here – leading to increased practical implementation of BIM, greater recognition of the benefits it can bring, and ultimately heightened demand for its usage.”

Feedback is testament to the need for increased usage. While 75% of those surveyed have had some form of engagement with BIM, less than half of respondents have actually worked on a project where BIM was used in the past 12 months. Encouragingly though, over 50 per cent are already investing in BIM training.

Other results from the survey revealed:
· 15 per cent identified a lack of industry collaboration as a barrier to their implementation of BIM;
· 55 per cent of respondents surveyed think RICS can support greater BIM uptake by working with other bodies to ensure industry-wide collaboration.

Alan Muse continued, “These results send a clear message to RICS, government and other industry bodies that collaborative action is required to support the industry in its adoption of BIM. We are already taking active steps to deliver this through our work on the Construction Industry Council (CIC), the government-initiated Taskgroup for BIM and the Government Trial Project Support Group. We are also seeking to engage more widely with industry bodies including RIBA, BIFM and BPF.

“RICS is also addressing industry concerns about the current lack of standards through the development of a BIM accreditation, which will support professionals in delivering consistency in drawing, cost scheduling and provision of time and cost information. This should help to enable best practice, demonstrate the benefits of BIM and contribute to the cultural shift the industry requires.”

Ben Crowther
Ben Crowther