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Please complete our short BIM survey

The CIBSE BIM Steering Group encourages participants from all aspects of the building process to reflect on their experiences of BIM through a survey throughout July and August at

This is aimed both at the aspiring, as well as the experienced, BIM user so that the results can help lead the development of protocols, tools, applications, education and training by CIBSE and the wider construction and software world to ensure that the deployment of BIM truly improves the building process.

Previous surveys have indicated that the building services profession is already more active in employing the 'richer' features of BIM than others in the construction process but have identified clear areas of need for the whole industry. Earlier surveys, including those by BIM4FM and the CIBSE FM Group indicated that majority of FMs, owners and occupiers see that BIM will become increasingly important in day-to-day working practices in the near future. And so in the new survey respondents will find questions that are specifically aimed at discovering aspects of BIM application that are relevant to post-occupation building operation and maintenance.

This is aimed both at the aspiring, as well as the experienced, BIM user

The call from previous surveys for co-ordinated industry wide activity has seen some movement in recent months with the early stage Technology Strategy Board (TSB) projects that are developing a digital tool for building information modelling. CIBSE are co-ordinating the 'C8' collaboration of APM, BIFM, CIBSE, CIOB, ICE, IStructE, RIBA and RICS to investigate the development of id3 (eye-dee-cubed) - a web-based tool to deliver the digital Plan of Work and classification system to enable widespread adoption of Level 2 BIM across the built environment. This is one of 3 TSB projects across the sector that is assessing opportunities for accessible BIM tools.

The inter-institutional website is also a tangible output of the work of CIBSE and other institutions that resulted from the demands voiced in previous surveys - it provides a non-commercial resource for those who wish to learn more about BIM.

One of the challenges identified by the surveys has been for designers and operators to obtain reliable product data that can quickly be incorporated into BIM environments. CIBSE have led an initiative to develop the Product Data Templates (PDTs) that allow manufacturers to make their product information readily available, with relative simplicity in a spreadsheet format, that can then be used by many potential users in their BIM models.

The survey results will be published in the autumn on and in the CIBSE Journal.

The survey is at