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.