17 May 2019

The ninth NBS National BIM Report is now available. Read the latest on the state of BIM, representing the views of nearly 1,000 industry professionals.

Included in this year’s report

As well as the findings of this year’s BIM survey you will also find articles from a range of industry perspectives.

  • An introduction from NBS CEO, Richard Waterhouse
  • Vicki Holmes from contractor Multiplex explains how they promote BIM and collaboration across the project team
  • Sean Kerney from engineering firm Mott MacDonald talks about their involvement in a project that uses BIM to reduce poverty around the world
  • Turner & Townsend’s George Mokhtar talks about the potential role that Artificial Intelligence can play in construction
  • Robert Klaschka from EvrBilt explains how to as-built point cloud scans can provide the construction verification that clients increasingly require.
  • Paul Shillcock, co-author of PAS 1192-2, and author of ISO 19650-2 and the UK National Annex, talks about the journey to ISO 19650.
  • Velux’s Barbara Entwistle gives us a manufacturer’s perspective on the use of digital technology to improve communication and product innovation.
  • Our own Sarah Delany shows how the Uniclass 2015 classification system is being used on projects around the world.
  • Jenny Archer from NBS pulls out highlights from the parallel BIM survey we ran with the Construction IT Alliance (CitA) for the first time this year among professionals in Ireland.


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The continued high levels of engagement in this research demonstrate BIM’s importance to the industry. It’s great to see how some organisations are making it part of their day-to-day workflows. The challenge now is to help the whole industry do that and experience the benefits BIM can bring

David Bain, Research Manager, NBS

The 2019 BIM report shows

  • Most of those surveyed plan to adopt BIM – It continues to be the goal for construction professionals but use hasn’t increased this year, with the challenges to adoption keenly felt by small practices.
  • Construction professionals continue to recognise the benefits of BIM – 60% say it has brought them cost efficiencies and over half say it sped up delivery. Almost three quarters say it results in operation and maintenance savings.
  • ISO 19650 is making an impact – Despite only being available since the beginning of the year, people have already used it.
  • More clients need to understand the benefits of BIM and drive its use – This includes central government which is perceived to have had limited success in maintaining momentum with BIM since the 2016 Mandate.
  • Practitioners need BIM objects – Over two-thirds want manufacturers to provide these.
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