CitA launches BICP BIM Global Study


CitA has launched the BICP BIM Global Study. CitA Director Dr Alan Hore gave a summary of the report.

“The Construction IT Alliance (CitA) has been promoting the benefits of digitisation in the construction and engineering industry in Ireland since its formation back in 2002. Whilst the Alliance has always strived to ensure that its members are exposed to a wide spectrum of contemporary digital tools and processes, the concept of Building Information Modelling (BIM) has dominated the focus of its activities over the past five years.

CitA would like to acknowledge the importance of the support provided by Enterprise Ireland for BIM Initiatives in recent years. These initiatives include supporting companies through the use of Innovation Vouchers, leveraging funding from the BIM-Enable and BIM-Implement programmes and the most recent initiatives of the BIM Innovation Capability Programme and the launch of Ireland’s National BIM Council. This has fostered momentum in respect to the interest among architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) businesses to embrace innovation technologies and processes such as those offered by BIM.

An explicit ingredient of the BICP involves conducting a comprehensive literature review of global BIM adoption initiatives, with a particular focus on successful enablers in international regions. This report seeks to carry out the first phase of this work by examining at a relatively high level, the adoption of BIM in particular international regions where BIM is currently a requirement or is likely to be a requirement in the near future.

Whilst there are a suite of noteworthy publications referenced in this report, a more comprehensive review is not scheduled to be completed until September 2017. The ultimate aim of the study is to investigate the ‘state of the art’ and to gauge the maturity of BIM adoption internationally.

The world of BIM is a complex one and coupled with a requirement to carry out a comprehensive literature review it is a challenging prospect to capture accurately the status of BIM across the world at this time. What is evident within this report is the significant adoption of BIM by Governments throughout the world.

Whilst globally respected publications like the McGraw Hill Construction SmartMarket Report in 2014 The Business Value of BIM for Construction in Global Markets (McGraw Hill, 2014a) and the NBS International BIM Report in 2016 (NBS, 2016) are specifically referred to, this report will mainly focus on evidence of regulated BIM, key champions and noteworthy publications within each of the chosen countries.

The key output of this report is to learn from our international colleagues as Ireland progresses with the development of its national BIM programme in 2017.”

The report can be downloaded here:

The BICP research team of Dr Barry McAuley, Dr Alan Hore and Professor Roger West prepared the report.

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