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Attrill, R and Mickovski, S B (2020) Issues to be Addressed with Current BIM Adoption, Prior to the Implementation of BIM Level 3. In: Scott, L and Neilson, C J (Eds.), Proceedings 36th Annual ARCOM Conference, 7-8 September 2020, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 336-345.

  • Type: Conference Proceedings
  • Keywords: Asset management, Building regulation, Corporate strategy, Design management
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-9955463-3-2
  • URL: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/a4ae6caa6bd7b1a2cda046d177591805.pdf
  • Abstract:

    Whilst the uptake and requirement for BIM to be implemented on construction projects is growing, there is evidence to suggest that confusion exists throughout industry with regards to the requirements of the varying levels of maturity. This confusion could potentially bring rise to legal issues, particularly as the UK Government drives towards implementing BIM Level 3 on public sector projects under the ‘Digital Built Britain’ strategy. The aim of this study was to investigate the problem areas which will require attention in order to fully implement BIM Level 3, with attention to the issues which have arisen through the current BIM Level 2 adoption. The research was undertaken in the form of semi-structured interviews with cross-disciplinary BIM stakeholders, where qualitative data was collected to analyse the views garnered from across the UK construction industry. The findings identified a level of dubiety in the interpretation of the BIM maturity levels throughout the industry, with participants highlighting issues with communication of client requirements. The results also identified that a large proportion of the construction industry, particularly the private sector where the costs of BIM Level 3 implementation are considered as very high, is resorting to traditional systems of work. Notably, all participants in the study felt that the implementation of BIM Level 3 is unlikely to come to fruition in the near future as a result of the issues encountered during the current adoption of BIM Level 2, such as skillset inconsistencies and software coordination. Based on this, we propose a way of presenting the benefits of BIM to Clients in order to avoid resorting to more traditional approaches, and call for a development of an adoptable standardised system for Clients to communicate their Employer Information Requirements in order to reduce the concern and potential disputes over sharing of information.