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Take up BIM today or regret it tomorrow

It can be hard to take a step back from the day-to-day routine, with all its pressing demands, to consider how you need to futureproof your business.

Change can creep up slowly. You know you need to improve certain things about the way you work or the technology you use, but it doesn’t seem urgent. The time and money you’ll need to invest can wait for now, surely.

When it comes to BIM adoption, this is no longer the case.

By 2016, BIM will be mandated on all centrally procured public sector projects. And an increasingly large number of private sector clients aren’t even waiting that long.

If you want to win work, you need to be able to use BIM. And to use BIM, you probably need to make some major changes to your business.

This might seem daunting, especially for smaller firms. But it’s essential. The good news is that there’s lots of help and support out there - from the BIM4SMEs group run by the Construction Industry Council to the National Federation of Builders’ BIM telephone helpline.

SMEs that have taken the plunge have often had to break through a pain barrier - they’ve had to switch their suppliers, invest in training and change the ways they work.

But it’s worth it. BIM is the future of the construction industry - it has to be. Join that future before it’s too late.

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