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Just 16% of firms 'fully ready' for BIM as deadline looms

According to survey findings from the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), fewer than one firm in six (16%) in the building services sector believes they are ‘fully ready’ to use BIM on projects.

With the government deadline for the mandatory use of BIM Level 2 in all Whitehall-procured contracts just months away, nearly six companies in 10 (57%) said they were not fully ready, while more than one in four (27%) said they were “not ready at all”.

Despite these findings, nearly two-thirds of respondents (65%) said that BIM Level 2 will be “good for the sector”, while almost six in 10 (57%) said it will be the “future for building services”.

 ECA director of business services Paul Reeve said: “The results indicate that while some companies have already engaged successfully with BIM, many more have yet to engage with the aspects that allow effective information sharing with others in their supply chain.

“In addition to flagging up our findings to government and the industry, we will be working with our ‘BIM readiness’ partners to tackle the important gaps identified by the survey as soon as possible”.

The sector-wide survey was produced in conjunction with the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and building services and engineering consultancy BSRIA.

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