09 June 2017

For the last seven years, NBS has published its National BIM Report, focusing on the use and adoption of BIM among the design community.

However, as BIM increasingly involves the whole construction supply chain, NBS for the first time is running a unique survey, targeting construction product manufacturers.

“This new survey is a good opportunity to assess the current status of the construction product manufacturing sector in regards to BIM” said Richard Waterhouse, NBS Chief Executive.

“We know from our recent NBS BIM report, that over 70% of specifiers need manufacturers to provide them with BIM objects, so now it’s time to try and understand what challenges manufacturers are facing when it comes to meeting the growing demand for BIM.”

Developed in partnership with the Construction Products Association (CPA), which represents the UK's manufacturers and distributors of construction products and materials, the survey will also look into manufacturer views on a range of BIM related topics including: attitudes towards BIM, thoughts on its adoption and maturity, as well as the 2016 mandate.

Peter Caplehorn, Deputy Chief Executive and Policy Director at the CPA said: “BIM is still a maturing market and ensuring that construction product manufacturers are taking advantage of the benefits will be a change for the good. An overarching objective of this survey is to understand how BIM is used, so the feedback from manufacturers will allow us to work towards getting the best outcomes for the entire manufacturing and design community.” 

Richard Waterhouse continued, “At NBS, we have a range of tools and services that help manufacturers ensure their products are available to construction professionals throughout the whole design process - from researching product information to the point of making specification decisions.

“So the information we collect through this survey will not only be used to provide crucial insight for the industry but it will help us improve the tools and information we provide in order to better support our customers.”

To provide your views visit www.thenbs.com/manufacturersbimsurvey. The survey is open until 23 July 2017. 

For more information, please contact NBS PR Executive Jennifer Scullion on 0191 244 5523 or email Jennifer.Scullion@theNBS.com.

About CPA

The Construction Products Association represents the UK’s manufacturers and distributors of construction products and materials and is committed to raising the profile of the industry and members’ businesses, helping grow the market and reducing regulatory risk. The sector directly provides jobs for 300,000 people across 22,000 companies and has an annual turnover of more than £55 billion and the CPA is the leading voice to promote and campaign for this vital UK industry.

Much of the CPA’s work is focused on serving as the first point of contact for politicians and policymakers requiring advice and information about matters that affect construction products or the wider construction industry. This includes understanding the need for investment into manufacturing or the built environment, new housing and energy-saving retrofitting of the existing housing stock; helping to develop effective, UK and EU legislation, regulations and product standards; and promoting the role of manufacturers in delivering a resource efficient built environment.

About NBS

NBS, specialist provider of technical information for construction industry professionals, offers essential, innovative products and services, highly valued by those working in architecture, construction, design and engineering.

The premier source of construction-related information, NBS has produced the recognised national standard specification system for the UK for more than 40 years. It provides solutions for a broad range of new build, refurbishment, retrofit, landscaping and domestic projects for construction professionals. Delivered within a powerful software package, NBS’s specification products continue to develop, leading an evolution of the specification and procurement process for buildings in the UK and overseas. NBS also provides solutions for contract administration and project information management.

NBS Create is a ground-breaking new specification tool that ensures all documentation works together intelligently throughout the entire project timeline, from concept stage to completion and beyond, to save time and money. More than 5,000 offices across the UK subscribe to NBS products, including 96 of the top 100 AJ practices.

The award winning NBS National BIM Library is also the primary source of free-to-use Building Information Modelling (BIM) content in the UK. It contains thousands of generic and proprietary BIM objects authored to the trusted NBS standard, all of which are data rich and are integrated with the world leading NBS specification software.

NBS is part of RIBA Enterprises Ltd, the knowledge management company of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). RIBA Enterprises employs 250 staff and has offices in London, Newcastle upon Tyne and Newark.