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Almost 50% of surveying firms are not adopting BIM

The latest RICS survey has found that although a large majority of surveying firms have considered the business case for BIM adoption (74%), there is still a large proportion of firms (49%) not using BIM in the day-to-day aspects of their work.

Of those not currently using BIM within their organisation, 68% of respondents said that “they don’t think there is enough information available for small companies in order to aid them with adoption”.

In addition, 31% of surveyors claim that there is not a need to use the technology in their organisation, while over a quarter (26%) stated that they don’t feel their firm has the technical skills in place to implement the technology.

BSRIA principal consultant and BIM specialist John Sands said: “This research is very alarming news with only a few months to go before BIM must be adopted in January 2016.

“Businesses have had long enough to make the necessary arrangements. In August, BSRIA circulated a sector-wide survey about the adoption of ‘BIM Level 2’, noting the government requirement for BIM Level 2 engagement with centrally procured contracts during 2016.

“The building services industry should be in a position to make the most of the opportunities it will present.”

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