Architects’ use of BIM

Architects’ use of BIM

Since 1st April all public construction projects have been required by the government to use BIM level 2.  Despite this, research by Lychgate shows that 51% of Architects in private practice are not currently using BIM.  However this overall picture disguises differences by size of practice; all practices with more than 15 technical staff are using BIM, 53% of those with 5 – 15 staff but only 21% of those with 2-5 staff (sole practitioners were not included in the survey). 

Surprisingly, given that many public sector projects require generic specifications, 8 out of 10 architects using BIM use manufacturers’ BIM information (although mainly a little rather than a lot). This is usually sourced direct from the manufacturer, with 46% also using the NBS National BIM Library.

Revit is confirmed as the main BIM tool with 93% of large practices using it.

Many manufacturers are now making their BIM objects available on their web sites and / or through third party BIM websites – however in recent Lychgate focus groups, we have been surprised by how few Specifiers have been able to name manufacturers for having good BIM data.