26 May 2020

This year’s 2020 BIM report marks the 10th year of asking the industry for their views about BIM. Read the latest on the state of BIM, reflecting the views of over 1,000 industry professionals. See how usage and views of BIM have changed since 2011. What progress have we made as an industry and what changes do we anticipate in the next decade?

Included in this year’s report

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

  • An introduction from NBS Chief Strategy Officer, Richard Waterhouse, reflecting on a decade of the survey and digital transformation.
  • Emma Hooper from Bond Bryan Digital introduces the UK BIM Framework: the culmination of work by BSI, the Centre for Digital Built Britain and the UK BIM Alliance. She also takes us through highlights from the BS EN ISO 19650 series of standards for information management.
  • Dale Sinclair from Aecom introduces the new RIBA Plan of Work 2020 and its emphasis on the importance of specification in the project workflow.
  • Specification expert and University of South Australia lecturer, John Gelder, explains the importance of classification. He explores how Uniclass 2015 is becoming the classification of choice across Australia.
  • BIM specialist, Mike Turpin, talk about the importance of going beyond the BIM labels and jargon; to maintain focus on project outcomes.

The 2020 BIM report shows

  • BIM adoption has grown substantially
    In 2011, 43% of respondents had not heard of BIM. Today, awareness is almost universal, with 73% using BIM.
  • The same benefits are consistently recognised:
    • Improved coordination of information
    • Better productivity
    • Reduced risk
    • Increased profitability
  • The BIM standards are becoming embedded
    • Fewer people see BIM as simply ‘3D modelling’
    • The majority approach BIM by following either the PAS/BS 1192 or BS EN ISO 19650 series of standards
    • Many are familiar with and using the standard documents and tasks outlined in those standards
  • But lack of client demand and perceived unsuitability to projects continue to act as barriers
    • Lack of client demand is the largest barrier
    • Smaller practices are more likely to see BIM as not relevant for their projects
  • Digital transformation is changing the industry and will continue to do so
  • Cloud computing, virtual reality and other technologies are being adopted by construction professionals
  • Survey respondents expect these to transform the industry and the way they work