Thursday, March 20, 2008

What is BIM?

In March of 2006 the National Building Information Model Standards (NBIMS) Project Committee adopted the following definition of BIM:

* A Building Information Model (BIM) is a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. As such it serves a shared knowledge resources for information about a facility forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life-cycle from its inception onward.

* A basic premise of BIM is collaboration by different stakeholders at different phases of the life-cycle of a facility to insert, extract, update or modify information in the BIM to support and reflect the roles of the stakeholder. The BIM is a shared digital representation founded on open standards for interoperability.

* The US National BIM Standard promotes the business requirement that this model be interoperable and based on open standards.

Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC is a member of the Business Process Integration Task Team that was recently formed by the NBIMS Project Committee and we welcome your input. If you have ideas about integrating BIM into your organizations business process or if you come across interesting articles we should link to please let us know. Meanwhile, subscribe to our site so you can stay abreast of the fast moving developments in this rapidly evolving arena.

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