The government has championed the use of building information modelling (BIM) after it was announced that £1.7 billion has been saved on major projects over the past year.

Ministers had been full of praise for the technology and were impressed by the way it can make the construction phase a much more efficient process. Stephen Kelly, chief operating officer at the Cabinet Office, explained to Construction News that 66 per cent of the £400 billion Major Project Authority portfolio is now being delivered on time and within budget, a substantial improvement on the 33 per cent seen in 2010.

Mr Kelly told the news provider that with new technology such as BIM the government has made around £500 million of savings in the construction process. He added that major projects are now costing even less to carry out, citing that it is now 40 per cent less expensive to build a secondary school in the UK.

BIM is becoming an increasingly prominent tool within the building sector with countries all over the world adopting the technology. It works by creating 3D images of the construction phase and contractors can use it to identify potential problems before a single brick has even been laid. This is indicative in helping to reduce costs and boost efficiency meaning that structures can be put together on time and within budget.

Chloe Smith, minister for political and constitutional reform, also gave her backing to the introduction of BIM into the mainstream construction sector and praised the way it can help to reduce costs for major projects.

She told the news provider: "We are making cost savings, which is massively important, as that’s the thing that allows you to build six schools for the price of five.

"The other main point about what we are achieving in construction is because we are such a large client we are able to encourage the industry to do it a bit differently and we see the industry responding, with things like BIM."

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