Monday, July 28, 2008

BIM Now a Part of the Whole Building Design Guide

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Building Information Modeling (BIM)

by Dana K. (Deke) Smith, FAIA - Executive Director, buildingSMART alliance, and Alan Edgar, Chair - National BIM Standard Project Committee

Last updated: 07-24-2008

Introduction

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

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

Some have identified BIM as dealing with only 3D modeling and visualization. While important and true, this description is limiting. A more useful concept is that a Model should access all pertinent graphic and non-graphic information about a facility as an integrated resource. A primary goal is to eliminate re-gathering or reformatting of facility information; which is wasteful.


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