Readying quantity surveyors to meet the UK government BIM mandate for 2016 and beyond

Lawrence, Benjamin (2016) Readying quantity surveyors to meet the UK government BIM mandate for 2016 and beyond. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The aim of this project is to explore whether Quantity Surveyors (QS's) are prepared for the 2016 BIM deadline. This project will be looking into how effectively the industry has been 'up-skilled' to implement BIM on construction projects and whether the level of up-skilling differs between undergraduates to Assessment of Professional Competency (APC) candidates and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) surveyors.
    My objectives for this research are:
    1. To highlight the traditional and evolving roles of the Quantity Surveyor.
    2. To explore the potential of BIM for Quantity Surveyors.
    3. To investigate the challenges of integrating BIM into the current curriculum of Quantity Surveying courses in universities and other higher education institutions.
    4. To investigate how professional bodies such as RICS are integrating BIM into the industry for both entry level and senior level Quantity Surveyors.
    The methodology for this project has included conducting a questionnaire to investigate objectives 1, 2 and 4. Whilst conducting an interview to investigate the objectives 3 and 4. An online questionnaire was chosen due to the ease of distribution for my target audience and the ability to access the whole sample through a method of communication familiar to them i.e. email and the internet. A telephone interview was chosen because this could be scheduled for a time convenient for the interviewee to maximise the response rate.
    The key conclusions from this project have been: 52.5% of respondents to the questionnaire believe that there has been a change to the role of the QS with the introduction of BIM. Of those who said there was no change, 93% were ranked as a Senior QS or higher, suggesting a potential reluctance for senior ranks to accept BIM and the new way of working. The main benefits of BIM identified by respondents are: identifying risks early, improving cost estimating and improving the accuracy of their work. All of the interviewees outlined that they now teach BIM on their course however only 40% of interviewees suggested BIM merited its own unit. However a cause for concern was that 80% of interviewees agreed that there was no universal understanding of what QS students should be taught in regards to BIM. This could lead to large differences in what is being taught to different students in regards to BIM. A worrying finding from the questionnaire that only 12.5% of respondents have been offered training by a professional body to get them up to date with regards to BIM. With a further 55% of respondents suggesting the current support on offer was insufficient.
    The value of this research is in the assessment of whether Quantity Surveyors are ready to meet the UK governments BIM mandate in April 2016. This could give the government and the RICS an assessment of whether QS's are ready to utilise BIM on projects.
    The limitations of this project mainly lie within the sample sizes that have been gained due to the time constraints of this project. The questionnaire has had 40 respondents which gives an acceptable confidence interval. However the interviews had a higher non-response rate than expected giving a high confidence interval.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2016 13:46
    Last Modified: 06 Sep 2016 13:46

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