The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and its widely used facilities management solution SFG20 have become affiliates of the UK BIM Alliance.
The aim is to support the adoption of building information modelling (BIM) across the building engineering sector to speed up the digital transformation of the industry, improve its productivity and project delivery processes.
The news comes in the wake of research showing that 66 per cent of firms in construction-related fields accelerated their use of digital working during the Covid-19 lockdown.
A survey of 250 construction managers carried out by software provider Procore Technologies also suggests that 94 per cent of them reported seeing an improvement in the way their teams were working as a result of the introduction of a new digital innovation.
Most of them also believe that using a single digital platform that delivers all project data in one place will play a key role in their futures.
BIM adoption has grown substantially in the past 10 years according to the 10th Annual BIM Report by the NBS. In 2011, 43 per cent of respondents had not heard of BIM. Now, awareness is almost universal – with 73 per cent using BIM.
The UK BIM Alliance said its affiliate programme was aimed at bringing together those professional institutions, trade associations and other organisations able to provide a consistent message and coordinated approach to digital transformation, working across silos to a shared objective.
In addition to the affiliation with the UK BIM Alliance, BESA recently established a new BIM Specialist Group made up of companies in the building engineering sector that are operating using BIM, which aims to demonstrate best practice for the sector and encourage greater adoption within building engineering.