Launching BSRIA Business

BSRIA open day, 1970

BSRIA membership open day, 1970

A resurgence of popular interest in the ’70s comes as no great surprise if you consider the ways in which the last double-dip recession resonates today. For example, deregulation and the boom in mortgage lending in the 1970s played no small part in the current volatile housing market.  

The BSRIA Statistics Bulletin has its roots in the 1970s, as we recognised at that time a need for better market intelligence to help businesses get the competitive edge. It’s still a tough market and members tell us that our data to inform future business strategy is valuable – but we’ve subsequently made many improvements to the publication. I’m pleased to say that this month we’re launching a new suite of business services for our members including the new Business Bulletin: 

Total consultants workload during last three months compared with the same period last year.

Total consultants workload during last three months compared with the same period last year.

New services:

  •  Business Bulletin (replacing the Statistics Bulletin) offering quarterly analysis and data on the economic outlook, construction market, M&E contracting and more. We also provide unique data from BSRIA’s Consultants’ Workload Survey. If you work for a consulting engineering  company and would like to contribute to our quarterly survey, please get in touch.
  • Business Network – register  for the launch of the first of a series of business networking opportunities on 11th September.
  • Monthly e-newsletter with the latest business information and technical resources – sign up here.
  • Online business resources on our members-only web pages

The July issue of the Business Bulletin will be included in our quarterly members mailing (also look out for more information in the next issue of Delta T).

Do let me know if you have any further suggestions…and I’d like to hear a few stories about what it was like for your business in the ’70s…and some pictures please!

BIM debate heats up

Some of us at BSRIA have been talking enthusiastically about Building Information Modelling (BIM) for a while now…industry is asking for change (see BIM 2010 below), and the IGT now proposes to do something about it.

Mandating BIM

You may have read in the press about the launch of the Innovation and Growth Team’s report by Paul Morrell. If you’re a supporter of BIM you may be pleased to note:

“Recommendation 3.11.  That the industry should work, through a collective forum, to identify when the use of BIM is appropriate (in terms of the type or scale of the project), what the barriers to its more widespread take-up are, and how these barriers might be surpassed, leading to an outline protocol for future ways of working.

Recommendation 6.14  That Government should mandate the use of Building Information Modelling for central Government projects with a value greater than £50 million.” [My italics]

Ask the audience

BSRIA (alongside other organisers and sponsors) ran BIM 2010 on 2nd November at the Barbican London – by all accounts a successful gathering of c100 people, with high profile speakers including Paul Morrell. Everyone had the chance to discuss and vote on key issues (BSRIA has published speaker presentations and PDF of the results).

Most delegates familiar with BIM were aged 41-50 (40%), and the least familiar were the youngest delegates (under 30s). The 51+ delegates were more strongly split, with 25% ‘strongly agreeing’, and 46% ‘strongly disagreeing’ about being familiar with BIM.

Here’s what they said about mandating BIM:The audience seemed less sure about whether BIM should be required in submissions to building regs and other statutory duties: 12% strongly agreed, 34% agreed, but 35% were neutral.

Show me the money. 58% felt that it was ‘very likely’ that their organisation would invest in BIM. 15% also agreed, and 17% were neutral. There was a minority who felt that they were unlikely 5% or very unlikely 5% to invest. 46% of delegates also strongly agreed that ‘my organisation would find BIM training valuable’.

Uncertainties over the BIM model

56% delegates agreed that ‘current contracts are not easily translatable for BIM‘, with 38% ‘agreeing’ that ‘uncertainties over ownership of the model will limit the uptake of BIM’ – only 4% ‘strongly disagreed’ with this statement. In answer to the question ‘who should own the model?‘, most believed this should be the client, closely followed by the team. Most delegates agreed 41% or strongly agreed 39% that to influence greater uptake from clients it is important that BIM delivers electronic O&M manuals. 57% also strongly agreed or agreed 30% that we need more good UK case studies to influence greater uptake from clients.

We’ve also published charts in the Process and Operational Efficiency Group via the MBE Knowledge Transfer Network (you may need to register with the site, but it’s free membership).


Welcome to BSRIA’s first blog – ok, so blogs have been around in the industry for a while. But, we feel that we have something valuable to say about building services as experts in this field.  We are passionate about these subjects and want to make a positive difference to our members and contacts in the industry.  I hope you will join the debate.

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