The adoption of building information modelling (BIM) by the construction industry has been gradual but steady. Now more sceptical clients need to be persuaded for the technology to enter the mainstream.
The UK BIM Alliance has designed a new guide to make the topic more accessible and therefore easier to adopt.
According to consultant Richard Saxon, the guide’s lead author, greater client awareness is essential to integrating BIM in mainstream construction. The guide demonstrates the available return on investment and the nature of the investment from clients through eight steps.
Mr. Saxon said that other parts of the construction industry essentially understand why they are using BIM but might need additional training to get the most out of it. For example, many architects only use the 3D modelling component and some contractors haven’t started rehearsing construction activities or using BIM for safety briefings. They simply print out drawings instead.
Seeing more BIM in mainstream construction will involve convincing clients that they are adopting a known proposition and not an experimental technology. Some clients allow their teams to use BIM but don’t take time to define what they need from it. While these passive clients get some value, they can realise far more benefit by being active and avoiding risks created by inadequate understanding.
Approximately seven years have passed since the government announced its intention to adopt BIM. Before then, many businesses were aware of the technology but couldn’t get proper instructions from their clients and convey them to their teams.