WIT Press

Building Information Modelling: A Study Into The Suitability Of BIM Within Projects With Construction Values Of Less Than £5M


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317 - 328




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WIT Press


R. Watt


Building Information Modelling (BIM) is gaining momentum to soon become the construction industry’s chosen methodology for delivering projects. However, studies have shown that the implementation rate of BIM in smaller consultancies is notably lower when compared to larger ones. One of the main reasons for resisting implementation is the perceived notion that lower value projects are not suitable for the use of BIM. With this in mind, this study aims to determine if projects with a lower construction value are suitable for the BIM methodology.

A data set has been generated that included individuals who have and have not implemented BIM within their workflow, the results of which have been collated from questionnaires and interviews. From the data set, conclusions were derived, which make up the findings of this report.

The study found that there is a clear relationship between the individual’s experience of BIM and their perceived impression of BIM’s suitability within smaller valued projects. Individuals and companies who have fully implemented BIM within their workflow highlighted significant advantages and frustrations, that are valid, both on smaller and larger valued projects. Within the experienced community of BIM users, it is evident that BIM has been and can successfully be used on projects of any value, providing that the methodology is managed correctly.


Building Information Modelling (BIM), low value projects, implementation, client demand, capital cost