2017 BIM Survey: increasing relevance of BIM to practice, but continued training issues.
Survey of membership reveals high level of enthusiasm for BIM among structural engineers, but identifies continued training issues.
The survey of over 600 Institution members included a good spread of respondents, with 30% sole practitioners or from practices or ten employees or less, and 27% from practices of 500 or more. 38% of respondents were aged 34 or less.
The key findings include:
Improving perception of BIM’s relevance:
Of those surveyed, 85% believed BIM to be relevant to their practice, up from 78% last year.
Gap between ambitions for BIM use and use in practice remains – but situation is improving
76% of respondents said they already needed to use BIM to meet their clients’ needs, or would need to do so within the next two years – an increase of 6% on last year.
41% described their current use of BIM as ‘heavy’ or ‘very heavy’ – markedly up from 32% last year. However, 23% still described use as ‘very light’ - down from 34% last year, but showing that a gap between ambitions for BIM implementation and actual use remains.
BIM training issues
24% of respondents said they had not received BIM training at their company, compared with 22% last year.
59% of respondents said that technicians and modellers were being trained in BIM, while 30% reported Graduates receiving training. However, only 10% reported principal staff and/or Directors being trained in BIM – similar to the 9% reported last year.
38% of respondents said that their firms either provides poor training or no training at all. Only 11% rated their training as ‘Very Good’ or ‘Exceptional’.