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Demand for BIM Careers Continues to Surge in Construction

Here at REBIM® our work in the construction sector throws up a similar theme time and again. The demand for Building Information Modelling (BIM) professionals in the UK continues to grow and rise. LinkedIn alone showcases 2000+ BIM related vacancies needing to be filled. So let’s take a look at why demand for BIM careers continues to surge in the Construction sector.

How BIM is used in the Construction sector

Companies across the world are now adopting BIM as their standard approach to construction projects. As the need for skilled professionals with BIM expertise continues to grow, it seems that supply does not appear able to meet demand.

BIM is a relatively new approach to designing and constructing buildings that uses computer-aided designs (CAD), allowing architects and designers to create digital models of structures while taking into account their specific needs. This technology helps to improve efficiency, accuracy, and quality in the design process.

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Is BIM mandatory in the UK?

In 2016, the UK government mandated the use of BIM Level 2 on all publicly-funded construction projects.

This has created a ripple effect across the industry, as private companies have adopted BIM to remain competitive and meet client demand. As a result, the demand for BIM professionals in the UK appears to be at an all-time high.

What are the different types of BIM roles available?

BIM Technicians

BIM Coordinators

BIM Managers

BIM Trainees

BIM Leads

BIM Consultants

This article offers a thorough overview of BIM roles and responsibilities, giving you an idea of what is required from each role in Building Information Modelling.

Organisational BIM Roles according to ISO 19650

Typically, BIM managers and other BIM roles featured above would likely belong to one of the organisational roles highlighted below.

Appointing Party (the client)

Lead Appointed Party (typically a contractor)

Appointed Party (a consultant or subcontractor)

Task Team (specific group carrying out a task such as the design of a system or part of a building)

The above organisational roles provide specific responsibilities in the delivery of asset information as defined in ISO 19650.

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Salaries in the BIM sector

As you would expect, salaries for BIM professionals in the UK are also on the rise.

According to a recent survey by DBE Careers, the average salary for a BIM manager in the UK is £52,000 per year, with some earning as much as £90,000 per year.

BIM coordinators and technicians can also expect to earn competitive salaries, with average salaries of £38,000 and £32,000 per year, respectively.

Building Information Modelling Courses

To meet the growing demand for BIM professionals, a number of universities and training providers in the UK now offer BIM courses and qualifications.

Degrees and Postgraduate degrees in Building Information Modelling are available at institutions such as the University of West England and Middlesex University to name a few.

These particular courses are designed to teach students the skills and knowledge necessary to work effectively in a BIM environment.

If you are interested in a career in construction, or you already work in construction and you are looking to expand your horizons, obtaining BIM qualifications is probably the smartest move to make.

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The Future of BIM in Construction

It is clear that BIM is playing an increasingly important role in the industry.

BIM has already revolutionised the way construction projects are managed and it is now being used to plan, design, construct and operate buildings in a more efficient way for companies.

As the technology continues to develop, it is becoming clear that BIM could have a lasting impact on the future of construction.

How the REBIM® Construction Management Tool can help you

REBIM® is a powerful and intuitive construction management tool that can help you keep your project running smoothly and efficiently.

It helps your company to organise all the required information into one centralised database, allowing your team to work more productively on multiple, complex digital engineering and construction projects.

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