Last week it was revealed that fewer than one in six firms (16%) in the building services sector are ‘fully ready’ to use the upcoming Building Information Modelling (BIM) on projects, according to new survey findings from the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA).
With the government deadline for the mandatory use of ‘BIM Level 2’ in all Whitehall-procured contracts just a few months away, nearly 6 in 10 firms (57%) said they were not fully ready, while over 1 in 4 (27%) said they were ‘not ready at all’.
Yet, despite the above findings, nearly two-thirds of respondents say that BIM Level 2 will be ‘good for the sector’, while almost 6 in 10 say it will be the ‘future for building services’. ECA director of business services Paul Reeve commented: “The survey results show that ‘BIM awareness’ is generally high across building services, but many contractors, and others associated with our sector, still have a long way to go to be ready for the government’s 2016 BIM deadline.
“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.”