Designing Buildings Wiki has issued a report claiming that the construction industry lacks strategic leadership and BIM remains the exclusive domain of specialists.
The report, titled Fit for Purpose? also stated that there are major differences between industry publications and what is needed by practitioners and that more practical, easily followed guidance is required.
Designing Buildings Wiki is a multidisciplinary forum for sourcing and sharing construction industry knowledge. Its study cross-referenced 5,000 articles and explored multiple factors, such as the popularity of different sectors and reader location, sex, and age.
The report stated that in the wake of the Grenfell Tower and Edinburgh school defects incidents, the construction industry needs to organise itself, or similar scandals will occur.
David Trench, chair of the Designing Buildings wiki, said that much of the construction industry knowledge being disseminated at the moment is intended to benefit the top 1% of the industry. The others are being left to fend for themselves.
The report made six recommendations, one of which was to make practical guidance more widely available, as well as more information on how non-specialists can use BIM.