BIM awareness, usage, adoption and future plans between 4 countries

NBS International B.I.M report 2013

Nov 26, 2014 -- The report compares B.I.M awareness, usage, adoption and future plans between 4 countries: United Kingdom, Canada, Finland and New Zealand. The report and surveys were led by Royal Institute of British Architects and then each country had its own representative company. As this report states that Canada had 78 respondents, they stated:

For all the countries except Canada, we had a sufficient response to the survey to be confident that the data is representative. For Canada, the figures need to be treated with some caution. [1]

Awareness and definition

Figure 3.1.1 BIM Awareness

In general, all countries has high level of BIM awareness. Finland has the lowest level of awareness and New Zealand has the highest. However there is a big nuance as there was no BIM definition presented in the report. From Figure 3.1.2 we can see some agreements and there is over 60% respondents of each country answered that `The industry is not clear enough on what BIM is yet`. Also New Zealand who had high level of BIM awareness had highest percentage in first two statements which are incorrect.

Figure 3.1.2 BIM definition

Consequently due to this the Figure 3.1.1 can have some inaccuracies. Also the misunderstanding of BIM can have another source:

Perhaps this is related to an evident lack of trust about what people hear about BIM. Might it be that commercial organisations sometimes put their commercial interests before providing clear, dispassionate, descriptions of BIM? [3]

Figure 3.1.3 BIM workflow

Nonetheless Figure 3.1.3 shows that many respondents understand that BIM is also a process and adapting BIM means changing workflow, practices and procedures in the companies and after that in the projects they participate.

BIM usage

Figure 3.1.4 BIM usage
As I said before that the definition wasn't presented so BIM usage can also have some mistakes. Still we can see that Finland and Canada have the highest amount of BIM users among respondents.

BIM and the government

3.1.5 BIM and government

First statement divides the surveyed countries into two camps. First ones are United Kingdom and Finland who think that the government is on the right track, Canada and New Zealand think otherwise. Second statement has almost the same pattern and can be related to the first statement. In other words countries where government will make BIM for public sector, there are more people who believe in their government.


Future adoption

Figure 3.1.6 Future BIM adoption
Even if the level of BIM usage now isn’t very promising we still can see the hope in Figure 3.1.6. It is shown that a high percentage of respondents from each country are planning to adopt BIM in one, three or five years. That is leaving us with the people who wasn’t satisfied with BIM. As I think it isn’t a big problem because we can refer to Figure 3.1.7 and realize that among BIM users it is maximum 9% of participants weren't fond of BIM. The reasons for it can be different. But when it published on international arena, the problems can be faced and coped together.

 Figure 3.1.7 Current BIM adoption feedback

Sources & credits

(RIBA Enterprises, 2014) p.3

[2] (RIBA Enterprises, 2014) p.5

[3] (RIBA Enterprises, 2014) p.5


Stephane Metral
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