What is BIM?

What is BIM?

BIM Definition

(  Source: BSI via http://www.4clicks.com )

BIM is the process of generating and managing information about a building during its entire life cycle. BIM is a suite of technologies and processes that integrate to form the ‘system’ at the heart of which is a component-based 3D representation of each building element. This replaces traditional design tools currently in use.

Each component is generated from a product library and has embedded information about the product and its placement, material, specification, fire rating, U-value, fittings, finishes, costs, ‘carbon content’ and any special requirements, which is stored in the system.

Key Benefits of BIM:

  • Early cost certainty
  • Reduced delivery costs
  • Reduced operational costs
  • Green performance
  • Reduced risk
  • Predictable planning.

Who should use BIM?

BIM is for firms in all parts of the architectural, engineering and construction industry, whatever their sizes, as well as clients who may be planning to require their supply chain to use BIM tools.

It is especially useful for:

  • Contractors
  • Architects
  • Designers
  • Structural engineers
  • Building Services Engineers
  • Cost consultants
  • Manufacturers
  • Clients.

One thought on “What is BIM?

  1. It’s one of the good , short description of BIM. Initial or most of the basic information is generated during architectural design phase, but it is not focused in this BIM definition. The process of generating the information along with the design is different from managing and utilizing. It’s ideal if we carry information throughout the whole lifecycle, but it’s still BIM action if it only happens at one stage of the lifecycle.

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