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Survey set to gather product manufacturers’ views on BIM

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NBS and the CPA have together launched a new survey to understand construction product manufacturers’ views on BIM.

For the last seven years, NBS has published its National BIM Report, focusing on the use and adoption of BIM among the design community.

However, as BIM increasingly involves the whole construction supply chain, NBS for the first time is running a unique survey, targeting construction product manufacturers.

“This new survey is a good opportunity to assess the current status of the construction product manufacturing sector in regards to BIM,” said Richard Waterhouse, NBS chief executive.

“We know from our recent NBS BIM report that over 70% of specifiers need manufacturers to provide them with BIM objects, so now it’s time to try to understand what challenges manufacturers are facing when it comes to meeting the growing demand for BIM.”

Developed in partnership with the Construction Products Association (CPA), which represents the UK’s manufacturers and distributors of construction products and materials, the survey will also look into manufacturer views on a range of BIM-related topics including: attitudes towards BIM, thoughts on its adoption and maturity, as well as the 2016 mandate.

Peter Caplehorn, deputy chief executive and policy director at the CPA, said: “BIM is still a maturing market and ensuring that construction product manufacturers are taking advantage of the benefits will be a change for the good. An overarching objective of this survey is to understand how BIM is used, so the feedback from manufacturers will allow us to work towards getting the best outcomes for the entire manufacturing and design community.”

Waterhouse added: “At NBS, we have a range of tools and services that help manufacturers ensure their products are available to construction professionals throughout the whole design process – from researching product information to the point of making specification decisions.

“So the information we collect through this survey will not only be used to provide crucial insight for the industry but it will help us improve the tools and information we provide in order to better support our customers.”

To provide your views visit www.thenbs.com/manufacturersbimsurvey where the survey is open until 23 July 2017.

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An overarching objective of this survey is to understand how BIM is used, so the feedback from manufacturers will allow us to work towards getting the best outcomes for the entire manufacturing and design community.– Peter Caplehorn, CPA