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Chapter 1 - Introduction4
1.1.0Definition of BIM4
1.2.0Introduction to the Use of BIM5
1.3.0Importance of BIM6
1.3.1Importance to the Construction Industry & Building Users6
1.3.2Importance of BIM for Quantity Surveyors7
1.X.0Research Questions, Aims & Objectives8
1.X.0Rationale for the Research8
1.X.0Limitations / Scope of The Study9
Chapter 2 – Literature Review10
2.1.0Use of BIM in the Construction Industry11
2.1.1Use of BIM by Different Disciplines11
2.1.1Use of BIM for Different Project Types11
2.1.2Use of BIM for Different Project Sizes11
2.1.3Use of BIM for Different Procurement Paths11
Refer to Chapter 4 for Industry surveys regarding adoption and use of BIM.12
2.2.0BIM Dimensions13
2.3.0 BIM for Cost Consultants14
2.4.0BIM for Contractors Surveyors15
2.6.0Value of BIM and Return on Investment17
2.7.0 Value by Project Phase for AEC Firms18
2.7.1Project Phases where Quantity Surveyors Benefit from BIM19
2.8.0Barriers to Implementing BIM and Non-BIM Users23
2.8.1Non-BIM Users23
Other reasons for companies not implementing BIM includes the lack of sufficient time to evaluate it (49%) and software being too expensive (41%). Non-users also believe that their clients are not using BIM, with 87% believing that clients are using it on 15% or less of projects. As BIM is not fully embraced in Europe, some companies do not see a threat from not implementing BIM.23

2.8.2Barriers, Challenges and Obstacles to Implementing BIM23
2.8.3The Mis-Information of BIM24
2.8.4Perception of Spending More on I.T. and Technology25
2.9.0BIM and The Cloud26
2.9.1Introduction to Cloud Computing26
2.9.2Cloud Computing Case Study27
2.10.0Interoperability & BIM Standards30
2.10.2BIM Standards30
buildingSMART alliance Seeks Industry Input on National BIM Standard31
2.11.0Literature Review Summary34
Chapter 3 - Methodology35
Use of BIM in Western Europe & North America Industries36
In the Western European findings, 70% of BIM experts report being heavy users, meaning more than 60% of a user’s project portfolio involves BIM. This is in line with North American experts, of whom 67% are heavy users.37

Industry Study - Use of BIM by Different Disciplines39
Contractors Experiences of BIM40
BIM Attitudes Amongst Non-Users41
Industry Attitudes of Barriers and Obstacles to BIM Adoption43
Industry Experience of BIM Value and Return on Investment44
Industry Proposed Methods to Improve BIM46
Industry Attitudes of the Future of BIM48
McGraw-Hills Construction Survey showed that a third of BIM adoption in Western Europe (34%) occurred over 5 years ago. Since that time BIM adoption has steadily grown - averaging slightly more than 10% each of the subsequent years. In the past year however, there has been a slight surge, with nearly 20% of adoption taking place since early 2009.48

Of the BIM adopters, 46% of European users have adopted it within the last three years, this can be compared with 66% in North America. While 59% of users employ BIM frequently on their projects today (>30% of projects), the number using it at that level could increase to 76% in the next two years.48

2.6.1University of Southern California Survey on BIM ROI50
2.6.2BIM Implementation Costs53
2.6.3Return on Investment - Conclusion54
CITA Irish Survey on BIM54
Industry Software54
2.5.0BIM Technology and Software54
2.5.1Software Used by the AEC Industry and Quantity Surveyors54
2.5.2Tasks AEC Companies use BIM Software For55
2.4.3BIM Quantity Takeoff Software for Quantity Surveyors55
2.5.4BIM Software Licence Costs56
2.5.5BIM Software Available for Quantity Surveyors57
2.5.6Computer Operating Systems59
Industry view on Requirements...
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