Small and medium-sized firms could find themselves unintentionally ‘frozen out’ from competing for tens of billions of pounds of central government contracts in just a matter of months, according to new survey findings from the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA).
The recent ECA survey, carried out with leading industry partners, shows that over half of contractors (54%) with a turnover of less than £1 million are ‘not ready at all’ for Building Information Modelling (BIM), while 3 in 10 firms (30%) with earnings between £1 million and £20 million were in the same position.
Yet the picture for larger building services contractors is very different: with the government deadline for the mandatory use of ‘BIM Level 2’ in all Whitehall-procured contracts looming, 11% of the largest firms (turnover over £20 million) say they are not at all ready for BIM, with the majority either fully ready, or nearly fully ready.
The survey also found –
- Only 1 in 3 contractors (34%) with turnover below £1m have a ‘BIM champion’, compared to almost 3 out of 4 firms (72%) with turnover above £20m.
- 8 out of 10 firms (80%) with turnover below £1m do not have a ‘BIM planning group’, compared to just 1 in 3 larger contractors (36%), with turnover above £20m.
- Only 1 in 4 small firms said there is enough ‘practically useful and publicly available’ information on BIM, compared to over half of larger companies (54%).
- Almost 7 in 10 of all respondents (69%) said they do not have a suitable BIM management process in place yet.
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