A survey by the UK BIM Alliance into the use of BIM in the UK has revealed that the difficulty of changing culture and behaviour is the biggest barrier to the implementation of BIM. Of the 1,170 people surveyed, 21 percent believed that this was the biggest barrier with 15 percent blaming lack of client demand and 11 percent citing a lack of training and upskilling.
The survey, which was carried out in January and February 2021 by AMA Research on behalf of the UK BIM Alliance, revealed that 65 percent of respondents worked for organisations that are aware of BIM and implementing it, with a further 30 percent aware but not yet implementing and 5 percent unaware of BIM.
There was a big discrepancy in implementation between companies in different parts of the supply chain. While 76 percent of people working for main contractors said their company was implementing BIM, this fell to 39 percent for subcontractors.
Early results from the survey were revealed at the UK BIM Alliance’s Quarterly Update meeting, held on 30 March, with full results promised later in April. The UK BIM Alliance intends for the survey to become an annual state-of-the-nation report.
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