Government Failing to Enforce BIM Level 2

Government Failing to Enforce BIM Level 2

Just over a year after the BIM level 2 mandate came into force, over half of the respondents to a BIM survey by technical information provider NBS believe the government have not lived up to the target’s set. Under the mandate, all public contracts procured by central government departments needed to be BIM level 2 compliant from April last year.

The survey of over 1,000 industry professionals published this week and shared exclusively with Building, found 51% agreed the government had not lived up to the target. Only 9% believed it had.

But other parts of the survey pointed to increased awareness and take-up of BIM in the industry, indicating the government’s BIM policy had nonetheless helped drive increased adoption.

More than six in 10 (62%) respondents now use BIM, up from 54% in last year’s survey. The eight percentage point increase in BIM usage was the biggest recorded by the survey since 2014.

Of those firms that do use BIM, most are convinced of the benefits, with 70% saying BIM will help bring cost reduction, while 60% believe BIM will help save time.

Malcolm Clarke, Managing Director of Kent based Baxall Construction said of BIM take up; “The Government including Local Authorities, indeed all Clients, are missing the opportunity of achieving the benefits that BIM brings. In times when budgets are being stretched further and further the only chance the country’s infrastructure has to be delivered is by working together collaboratively and genuinely reducing cost through efficiency, but at the same time allowing all involved to achieve a sustainable profit level. This in turn enables investment in training and making our industry more attractive to new entrants to address the skills shortage. It’s simple really and the Government can make it happen by finishing what they started!”

‘KentBIM’ is the special interest group set up by Kent Constructing Excellence, following 2015’s BIM theme for the club. Join the group at our next meeting, which follows the Constructing Excellence meeting at Tudor Park Marriott Hotel on 15th November, from 10am.

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