Concerns have been raised over the cost of building information modeling (BIM).

Leading officials at a number of top universities in London have explained that they are reluctant to implement BIM into their processes due to uncertainty of the overall cost of the operation. Estates director at the London School of Economics and Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL) admitted to Construction News that they were cautious of how much money needed to be invested to ensure that BIM was worthwhile in the future.

The use of BIM has become more popular within the construction sector as companies are able to use the technology to map even the most complicated project. By using 3D imaging, contractors are able to effectively walk through the construction phase and identify any potential problems that may occur along the way. BIM has been known to help reduce costs and help developments be delivered on time and within budget.

However, Julian Robinson, estates director at the London School of Economics, told the news provider that he still had concerns over how much BIM would cost: "One of the issues is that we are going to have to find the money to employ a BIM manager to maintain the information and keep it up to date."

Despite Mr Robinson's concerns, the institute is still planning to invest £400 million in developing its estates over the course of the next decade. It will be utilising BIM when work on its £90 million New Global Centre for Social Science gets underway in 2014.

It was a similar story at QMUL where Stephen Wells, director of estates and facilities, noted his apprehension at the use of BIM despite the institute investing £150 million a year over the next five years to upgrade its current facilities. The work will include a new graduate centre costing £39 million.

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