BIM Contract Notices – The Rise of BIM

Niraj Mistry, Head of BIM (Stroma Certification) & Upskilling Stream Lead (UK BIM Alliance) discusses BIM contract notices and the analysis results that show the continued rising prevalence of BIM.

Earlier this year I decided to take some time in analysing the number of BIM contract notices published over time on various procurement portals. The research I conducted in the period from January 2010 to January 2018 considered contract notices containing a BIM requirement.

This includes public and private contracts, valuing from £0 to £400M+ (the research includes analysis from Tracker Intelligence). The original article can be viewed here .

The results showed that we have now reached the end of the beginning of the BIM story. Six months on, I have refreshed the data to see how the NEED for BIM delivery in the industry has grown. The graphics below have been refreshed with the current data available.

BIM Procurement: The story so far

When analysing the data, I found it useful to employ the Diffusion of Innovation concept pioneered by Everett M. Rogers in 1962. Rogers postulated that adoption of new concepts could be split into five distinct categories: Innovators, Early Adopters, Early Majority, Late Majority and Laggards. I applied these titles to explain the relative adoption of BIM within the construction industry.

The Innovators – The first digital adoption

Having looked back at the procurement statistics between January 2010 and July 2018, it tells an interesting story. During 2010 and 2011, there were either none or minimal contractual notices. This may well have been a “lonely BIM” period for those engaged in projects. However, these pioneers were the first of the innovators, which would have embarked on the industries digital journey. More innovators came onboard to deliver BIM during 2012 to 2014 which saw a steady uptake of BIM projects as clients and industry became more familiar with the benefits of 3D modelling.

The Early Adopters – Pioneering digital construction

From Summer 2014 to Winter 2016 there was a steady need of BIM from clients, helping to trigger the on-boarding of the early adopters. There were half as many private notices as compared to pubic in 2016. Although the overall BIM contracts notices has been just over two-fold in 2017; the private contracts saw a fivefold increase to that of public.

The Early Majority – Following the pioneers

Moving forward we see that during October 2017 to Jan 2018 there was a further five-fold increase in private notices as compared to public notices. The chart also clearly shows that the number of contracts with a need of BIM within them is most definitely on the up.

Looking to the future

Those of you who have not yet embarked on your digital journey in the construction industry, the Late Majority and the Laggards, what about you? Even the most reactionary companies will ultimately have to accept digital construction as business as usual. Government remains committed to transforming the UK construction industry, and the emergence of Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDDB) reinforces that. So, moving on how will the chart look in the future, something like below?

The past 6 months

The first half of this year has again seen a clear increase on previous years. I will let you draw view on how you think this is going, but the data speaks for itself. The time of BIM is definitely now.

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