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Research shows slow BIM uptake

The use of BIM models is not close to where it needs to be, according to research from Durapipe UK, with less than a quarter of building services contractors and consultants selecting construction products with BIM information available.

With the mandatory requirement for BIM on all public-sector buildings with a capital value over £5m from May 2016, Durapipe said it is concerning that one respondent in four stated they did not believe the technology to be important.

Thirty-nine percent of those questioned, however, explained that they do occasionally use BIM models, suggesting that they are preparing for compliance with the new procurement process.

Building services brand manager Des Dolan said: “There has been so much noise about BIM over the last year or so, with all companies in the supply chain keen to outline their strategies and solutions, so we were very surprised to find that the number of companies actually using BIM models is so small.

“The deadline for compliance is a little over 12 months away, so uptake needs to increase and fast. Companies need to get to grips with BIM quickly and embrace the technology if they are to be competing for tenders this time next year.”

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