And a happy, prosperous, peaceful and joyful New Year to all the gentle folk that read this and ..(everyone who knows me!)
Anyway a few predictions for 2013 about “BIM in the UK” ( sounds like a song title, perhaps written and performed by David Philp and the Bimsters!)
Watch out for…
- BIM reaching critical mass in the market for demand. The Government strategy will motor this year, percolating down into more UK Gov departments, local authorities and public sector organisations and clients. PQQs, tenders, will include more BIM requirements, leading to more cries for help from bemused contractors and supply chain! (Check out the new version of PAS 91 when its published later this month, you will see what I mean, Google is such an indispensable friend these days……..!)
- Leading BIM exponents, early adopters, businesses, designers, leading contractors and suppliers, turn BIM into real competitive advantage. Winning more work, providing services and certainty that non-BIM companies just will not be able to match.
- Sadly there will be more business failures. The recession is taking its toll, but the evolutionary changes and demands that our industry is facing will start to bite with a vengeance this year. Embrace change to survive. Darwin could have written his “On the Origin of Species” for such a time as this.
- “Left field” players enter our industry. Free of the traditional construction industry baggage, players from other industries will use BIM to enter the construction industry and really compete. This is a big threat to the leading trad players- prefab, offsite, DfM, CAFM are prime targets…its only a matter of time.
- SME’s – BIg action here this year. Whilst the early adopters and big players get their BIM ducks in a row, the delivery will only be as good as the supply chain capability, and their engagement with BIM environments.
- The penny drops on cultural change – many have become fixated on 3D and technology, thinking BIM is software, just reboot, reload, and off you go! Not so fast…..BIM requires more collaboration, integrated teams, new workflows and ways of working. All change, and you can’t just flick a switch, this is business and cultural change on a grand scale. 12 months? 18months? 2-3 years for a large organisation? So “catching up” could be a long haul – the race will begin in earnest this year!
- BIM business as usual – will be a reality for some, and already is for some of the leading players. Level 2 is only the first stop on the journey, and again some of he early adopters are going to be pushing the boundaries.
- And finally…I think a reality check. We’ve talked and talked about BIM. We’ve gone to the conferences, we’ve heard the talks, 2013 is when we start to make this stick, cut through the BIM wash, and get to grips with HOW we actually change our industry for the better.
It’s going to be quite a ride!
(Whistle blows off stage left) “ALL ABOARD!”