Contractors and clients are failing to utilise the benefits of building information modelling (BIM), according to a new survey by the National Federation of Builders (NFB).

The organisation noted that these officials are "lagging" when it comes to taking up the technology and it could be leaving them behind their competitors. The NFB Client Survey launched at the beginning of 2013 in a bid to assess clients' views and needs around BIM and the overriding message from the group was that contractors should "pick up the pace" in adopting the useful tool.

NFB's survey coincided with the launch of the government's Industrial Strategy for Construction - A Vision for 2025. Officials concluded that the research found that progress toward a BIM-ready sector is slow and that there are still a large number of challenges facing both construction clients and supply chains. One of the key findings was that there was not a huge difference between the contracting and client sector when it came to the current use of BIM.

The technology is used by certain construction companies when undertaking a major project. It can help developers spot potential problems with the building phase through the use of 3D digital modelling. It can save valuable time and money for contractors and is regarded as being a key tool for many construction firms.

However, despite the slow uptake at the moment the NFB found that 30 per cent of the respondents were looking to adopt the technology over the next three months. Forty per cent said they were aiming to introduce the processes in six months and the overall majority (62 per cent) stated that they would be adopting BIM in two years.

The NFB conceded that the survey showed that there is still a lack of understanding which is causing a barrier to both demand and adoption of BIM but that both the contractor and client sector are aware of the potential benefits of it.

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