What is BIM?

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“With BIM (Building Information Modeling) technology, one or more accurate virtual models of a building are constructed digitally. They support design through its phases, allowing better analysis and control than manual processes. When completed, these computer-generated models contain precise geometry and data needed to support the construction, fabrication, and procurement activities through which the building is realized.”

This definition of Building Information Modeling in the Handbook of BIM (Eastman, Teicholz, Sacks & Liston 2011) encompasses a lot starting from a technology to embracing the whole construction process.

Collaboration and information management
At Tekla, we think that the I like Information in BIM is an extremely significant letter. In the US, the National Building Information Model Standard (NBIMS-US™) Project Committee sees Building Information Models as shared knowledge resource for information about a facility, while collaboration of stakeholders is another basic feature.

Working with others can be a pain point in a project. According to the NBIMS-US™ Project Committee, “Buildings cost more than they should to design, build and sustain and they take too long to deliver. We must do a better job of collaborating between the many stakeholders involved in the building process.” In the US, a study by NIST shows that lack of interoperability causes owners an additional cost of 15.8 billion dollars every year. The construction industry could definitely benefit from better communication and information management. Read More

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