NBS report on BIM Adoption in UK, Canada, Denmark, Czech Republic and Japan

BIM usage and awareness

We asked whether people were aware of BIM. In all countries except one, awareness is over 90%, nearly universal. The exception is the Czech Republic: here awareness is at just over 50%, although we can expect this to rise rapidly, as we have seen in other countries.

BIM adoption is highest in Denmark, and lowest in the Czech Republic. Both Canada and Denmark report a majority using BIM on at least some projects in the previous year. In Japan and the UK, the figure is just under half. These figures suggest that BIM is increasingly becoming the norm for construction information across a range of countries. Indeed, adopting BIM may become a prerequisite for working overseas. In the two countries that have taken part in this and the previous international survey, the UK and Canada, we can see an appreciable overall increase in the number of BIM users. The UK has moved from 39% in 2013 to 48%. Canada has moved from 64% to 67%.

We do need to apply some caution when viewing these figures, however. The figures given above are simply the percentage who tell us that they use BIM. As a country becomes more mature in BIM adoption, the criteria for describing oneself as practising it may become more demanding. The survey did not give a definition of BIM, so it's quite possible that what people understand BIM to be varies somewhat by country. Whilst BIM is increasingly well described in international standards, we must allow for variance of understanding in different countries. This is borne out by respondents' views about the clarity of BIM. The graph on the right illustrates, albeit with a significant degree of regional variation, that there is a feeling that the industry is not yet clear enough on BIM.

Future use of BIM

The trend of increased adoption is set to continue. We asked whether people would use BIM in the future. If people's intentions become professional practice, the next five years will see a very rapid transformation in how information about buildings is created, shared and used. Within five years, all countries expect BIM to be adopted by over 80% of design professionals. The next twelve months will see the most rapid rate of adoption. Respondents from the Czech Republic take the most measured view, with the increments in adoption being the most evenly distributed across a five year period. In contrast, the UK, Canada and Denmark see the vast bulk of BIM adoption as happening within a three, or even one, year timeframe.

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