We’ve seen it. You are getting resistance from people who think they don’t need to change, but you get that whenever anything’s slightly different. I’m sure they had the same problem when people swapped horses and carts for cars.
We set up Kent BIM, which is a specialist group off the back of Constructing Excellence. You’ve got members from across the industry – clients, subcontractors and main contractors – and the idea is to demonstrate to each other and to support each other on the BIM journey.
We were doing a presentation at Kent Constructing Excellence on supply chain engagement, and took two of our Mechanical and Electrical subcontractors along with the Contracts Managers and Design Managers that are working together on a project.
They had questions fired at them about how they engage with BIM, whether it was worth it, whether they’ll carry on with it, did they think it was helping them improve their businesses, and so on. The guys were so engaged with it and a lot of the supply chain were saying “about time too!”
The main contractors have spent lots of money on software and stuff over the years and subcontractors tend to hold back. Now there’s loads of free stuff that we would’ve had to pay for years ago, but they can get all these apps for free. So they can look at 3D models on iPhones and tablets much more affordably than those of us who were looking at it 10+ years ago.
You’ve got the systems to give them better information that they can look at on site so their teams are building things at once. They haven’t got to wait for someone to go and print off a drawing. All those, some people say “little things”, are actually quite big and they make a massive difference to the supply chain, and whether they can make any money, so they love it.