The Golden Age of BIM in UK Construction Sectors

The Golden Age of BIM in UK Construction Sectors

After a decade, can we consider BIM a triumphant model?

The demand for Building Information Modelling (BIM) is taking a progressive pace since the UK Government Construction Strategy launched it in May 2011. The goal is to solve the recurring issues in firms, boost productivity, and improve the efficiency of construction sites. BIM is a shift from traditional to digital facility information management strategy which results in the elimination of complicated processes to resolve construction errors. 

This shift has faced complications in its implementation throughout the last decade. After ten years, only 73% of UK Construction Sectors adapted this construction model. According to the 2019 NBS survey, the excess bubble of 27% is occupied by small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

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Source: 2019 National BIM Survey via

Some enterprises face different factors that hinder them from implementing BIM. These obstacles include the lack of client demand for BIM, not all types of projects need BIM, impending costs of shifting to BIM, and lack of expertise. In these situations, how can SMEs in the UK cope with the emerging digital progress? What can small construction companies gain from this rate?

SMEs Coping Strategies

The augmentation of expertise and skills is perhaps one of the best investments in UK Construction Sectors. Last Summer 2020, Construction Innovation Hub (CIH) explored BIM training landscapes in pursuit of building excellence with the UK BIM Framework. With the help of the UK BIM Framework, learning materials and courses for professionals were available in line with ISO 19650.

Another coping strategy that SMEs can prioritize is their collaboration with BIM networks and UK construction sites. Last 17th of March this year, a Global BIM Summit was convened by the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB). Its primary goal is to implement, discuss, and maximize solutions for BIM’s progress throughout the decade. This event launched the first Global BIM Network—a group that will highlight the necessity to use BIM and is led by the UK construction sector.

An Opening for Small Construction Companies

While SMEs are gradually adapting to the changes presented by BIM, small construction companies are finding the digital shift advantageous. BIM, as a long-term investment, guarantees a high return of quality and profit to these companies. It is a progressive approach that reduces difficulties and expenses in future projects.

In addition, clients of small construction companies are ensured that their expectations are met. From the likes of BIM 3D roof-to-floor visualization and BIM clash-detection of possible hazards to improvement points — BIM can also be a tool that enables teams to dive into construction and building management strategies.

It’s challenging for some businesses to adapt to the progressive BIM system, despite the obvious advantages in the construction procedures and even profit. Construction businesses have to take calculated steps towards the implementation of BIM in their workflow. BIM is undoubtedly at its golden age, and taking advantage of it can make your construction business more flexible, competitive, and trustworthy.

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