If your organisation has not yet decided to offer BIM content, be aware that in a very short time your business will be disadvantaged.

In a recent article for RIBA Insight I look at the Growing BIM Community. When the BIM Task Force was first formed, and the government announced that it wanted all of its buildings to be designed using BIM by 2016, there was a great deal of scepticism in the construction industry. But in just 3 years there has been tremendous progress in the adoption and implementation of BIM. We now have a large BIM community functioning below the Government Task Group, split into three broad groups for clients, suppliers and to look into the future. One of the most recently formed of these is BIM4M2 – BIM for manufacturers and manufacturing. The group was formed following a meeting at the end of March 2014 hosted by the CPA and BIS, the group has almost forty representatives drawn from SME to large multi-national manufacturer, trade association, content provider and consultant. This represents an enormous pool of expertise working to ensure that the manufacturer’s needs are not ignored as the industry moves towards the adoption of BIM.

So where to start?

  • You could start by reading BIM for the Terrified, published by the CPA.
  • Then talk to some of the providers of BIM objects like The National BIM Library, Bimstore, SpecifiedBy, Specifinder or BIMObject
  • Most important keep a watch on developments, over the coming months various resources will be added to the BIM4M2 website, there is also a LinkedIn group and twitter where you can raise issues.
  • Our monthly eNews includes a BIM Update and our Knowledge Hub has a dedicated BIM news section

First published by RIBA Insight July 2014. View original article


Further information

Webinar recording: Incorporating BIM into your Specification Sales Strategy

Adoption of BIM by Architects 2013 indicates the rate of adoption, the value of construction influenced by BIM up to 2016, the types of BIM objects required and the support expected from manufacturers.

Adoption of BIM by Specifiers and Contractors 2012 This research report details the take-up and implementation of BIM in the UK Construction Industry, covering the use of CAD and adoption of Building Information Modelling by Architects, Engineers and Contractors.

As well as an eBook: Incorporating BIM into your Specification Sales Strategy

BIM For the Terrified is a free guide produced by the Construction Products Association



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