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Research shows slow uptake of BIM products

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

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 in four of respondents stated they do not believe the technology to be important.

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

Durapipe 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 out that the number of companies actually using BIM models is so small.

“The deadline for compliance is 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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