BIM Spread Speeds Adoption of Virtual Design and Construction

While the use of building information modeling in the U.S. is becoming more commonplace it still has some ways to go before it could be considered the market standard. Steve Jones of Dodge Data & Analytics, showed survey data, at the ENR FutureTech Conference, demonstrating that the United Kingdom—which has mandated contractors use BIM on all public projects by 2016—and other countries are moving considerably ahead in adoption.

Noting recent research findings on BIM adoption by owners, Jones reported that two-thirds of all U.K. owners plan to require BIM on future projects, including 70% of private-sector owners. Also, according to the study, 68% of U.K. owners currently require BIM, with the U.S. rate well behind at 25%. On the positive side, however, U.S. contractors lead the world in using BIM for model-driven prefabrication, with a rate of more than 80%. According to the report, “around two thirds of both public sector (65%) and private sector (70%) UK owners say they will require BIM on new projects they will be starting, compared with less than a third (30%) of US public owners and just a handful (11%) of US private sector ones.”

In Canada, as recently as 2011, statistics showed that BIM take up in Canada was slower than the United States. However the turnaround in recent times has Canada creeping up on the European standards. A 2010 IBC survey showed that 60% or more of commercial and institutional projects in Canada were employing BIM, with use in the commercial and residential sectors approaching the 50% mark.

Happy Holidays from the ACA

treeThe Alberta Construction Association would like to wish all of its members, associations, and everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  With the approach of the holiday season it is a time that we appreciate all that we achieved and renew ourselves for 2015. We look forward to making even more progress during this next year.

Our Office will be closed from December 24th until January 2nd and we hope all of you will enjoy the season. No matter where you are in our great province have a happy holidays.

ACA members have their say on prompt payment

In November we asked our members their opinions on prompt payment legislation. Those that filled out our survey were very clear where they stood on this important issue.  Thank you for taking the time to register your comments.

If you have any additional comments or suggestions please do not hesitate to contact our office so that we can get a full understanding of where our members view this issue. Going forward the ACA will be looking for ways in 2015 to develop a policy around prompt payment.

We have included the latest copy of the survey below.

Prompt Payment Survey Dec 22 2014