Manufacturers play a decisive role regarding BIM integration

Building Information Modeling (BIM) in projects is more and more a license to operate, and is expected to become more important in future years. But what does this mean for the role of the manufacturer? In the European Architectural Barometer USP Marketing Consultancy has asked 1,600 architects in eight European countries whether they agree with the statement: ‘Manufacturers are key players in the integration of BIM in construction projects.’ In Spain, UK and the Netherlands more architects agree than disagree with this statement. The lowest share of architects that agree with this statement can be found in Poland. This is one of the outcomes of the European Architectural Barometer Q4 report, with the theme ‘Building Information Modeling’.

Methodology

Each quarter, the European Architectural Barometer focuses on a different topic that plays an important role for architects in Europe. In Q4 2017, the focus was on how architectural firms design and exchange data with other stakeholders, with a focus on the adoption and usage of Building Information Modeling (BIM). If architects were familiar with BIM, they were asked whether they agree with the statement that is mentioned above. 

A remarkably large share of architects in Spain (strongly) agree 

The share of architects that strongly agree with manufacturers being key players when it comes to BIM integration is the highest in Spain. In total more than two out of three architects who are already familiar with BIM (strongly) agree with this statement. Only in the Netherlands a slightly higher share (strongly) agrees. The fact that Dutch architects (strongly) agree is not that surprising as the Netherlands is one of the countries at the forefront of BIM adoption. More surprising is the high share of Spanish architects that agree as BIM adoption in Spain just recently took off. For Spain this also might be one of the main reasons why they see manufacturers as key players, if they do not have the resources and knowledge, they expect this from the manufacturer.

UK and the Netherlands are at the forefront of BIM 

The majority of the architects familiar with BIM in the UK and the Netherlands believe manufacturers are key players in the integration of BIM in construction projects. In these countries the BIM penetration is also quite high and these two countries can be seen as frontrunners when it comes to BIM adoption. Overall, there seems to be a relation between the expectations of the architect towards the manufacturer and to what extent they already have BIM experience. In the countries where BIM is used more often it is clear that the architects see the manufacturers as a key stakeholder in the process. 

Italy, Germany, Belgium and France follow closely 

About half of the architects familiar with BIM in Italy and Germany believe that manufacturers are key players in the integration of BIM in construction projects. About 44% of the Belgian and French architects are answering this statement positively. It is surprising that the French architects do not agree more strongly agree with the statement, because we see a high growth in BIM adoption in the last years. As explained before, typically a high BIM adoption leads to a higher agreement. 

Lowest agreement in Poland

In Poland there is a low BIM adoption. This correlates with the fact that Polish architects agree with the statement the least. About one third of the architects in Poland believe that manufacturers are key players in the integration of BIM in construction projects. Even a larger share of the Polish architects disagree with this statement. 

Conclusion

In the UK, Spain and the Netherlands more than half of the architects familiar with BIM believe that manufacturers are key players in the integration of BIM in construction projects. Manufacturers can help the architects by offering BIM-ready information about products and materials, which the architects can easily implement in their projects. This makes the manufacturer a key player in the integration of BIM in construction projects according to countries with a high BIM penetration. Overall BIM adoption seems to correlate with the agreement with the statement that manufacturers are key players in the integration of BIM in construction projects. 

BIM report

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