ICE BIM 'heat map' survey to measure progress

ICE is calling on built environment professionals to participate in its 2016 Business Information Modelling (BIM) “Heat Map” survey, which will measure awareness of BIM and its implementation.

The survey results, which will be announced at ICE’s BIM: Looking to the Future conference on 19 October, will illustrate the depth of awareness on BIM through a special green, yellow and red heat graphic, designed to identify areas that are progressing well and those which need further support and development. All survey respondents will be entered into a prize draw for a free place at the flagship conference.

BIM is a structured process of managing information before, during and after the construction of built assets. It can lead to significant efficiencies, improved delivery and cost savings. Since April this year, it has been mandatory for all centrally procured public sector projects to use BIM at Level 2.

ICE’s BIM Heat Map survey has been running since 2013. Last year’s survey showed a gradual move towards implementation, but highlighted a need for more understanding on the acronyms and terminology used in BIM, and more guidance on the various documents and standards built environment professionals need to be aware of or adhere to.

Nathan Baker, ICE Director of Engineering Knowledge, said: “ICE’s BIM Heat Map is an extremely valuable tool in mapping and measuring current knowledge of BIM.

“Tracking BIM awareness in this way allows us to gauge progress across the different infrastructure sectors and importantly, identify any gaps in knowledge or specific areas that need more support and development. This helps us at ICE to ensure we are responding to the industry’s needs and providing guidance, knowledge and best practice tools where they are needed most.”

ICE’s 2016 BIM Heat Map survey can be accessed online until 31 July.

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Notes to editors

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is a leading source of professional expertise in transport, water supply and treatment, flood management, waste and energy. Established in 1818, it has 88,000 members, 25% of whom are based overseas. ICE’s vision is to place civil engineering at the heart of society, delivering sustainable development through knowledge, skills and professional expertise. ICE has long worked with the government of the day to help it to achieve its objectives, and has worked with industry to ensure that construction and civil engineering remain major contributors to the UK economy.