The future of BIM: digital transformation in the UK construction and infrastructure sector, 1st edition, RICS practice information (April 2023)

Published July 2020
Reissued April 2023

The industry is now on the verge of the fourth industrial revolution: digitalisation is having a profound impact on the work itself, the way the industry works together, and it will drastically affect surveyors’ abilities to progress innovation and create better places and spaces for future generations. Building information modelling (BIM) and the accompanying use of a common data environment (CDE) form the bedrock of this transformation.

As clients increasingly look to technology for solutions that create efficiencies, RICS professionals need to gain a better-informed understanding of the potential of BIM, how it is evolving, and vitally, how they can take advantage of its development to stay ahead of the curve.

Within this practice information, we look at how BIM has evolved and merged into a much broader paradigm in the UK, and how this might set an example for other markets. As the UK transitioned from national to ISO standards, the focus has shifted from considering adoption and implementation of BIM as the end goal to using BIM and CDE as a catalyst to promote a holistic shift towards a model-driven approach to the design, delivery and operation of constructed assets.

The practice information provides answers about the evolving ‘what’ and ‘why’ of BIM and its potential for surveyors, including:
- the background to BIM
- the need to innovate
- why the development of the definition of BIM needs to be explored and
- the need for surveyors to examine the digital technologies available, and a plan of action for implementing them.

This document was reissued in April 2023 as practice information. It had previously been published in July 2020 as an insight paper. No material changes have been made to the document.

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