Authoritative Source on BIM – Mission: Improve all aspects of the facility and infrastructure lifecycle by promoting collaboration, technology, integrated practices, and open standards

BIM is the life-cycle management of facilities (built structures) supported by digital technology.  3D visualization tools, aka Revit, Archicad, etc. simply components of BIM.  Other components include, capital planning and management systems (CPMS), cost estimating and project delivery systems (IPD – integrated project delivery, JOC – job order contracting), computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS), building automation systems (BAS), geographic information systems (GIS), and others.

The BuildingSMART alliance™ (Alliance) is  the premier organization in the United States chartered to coordinate and provide technical development; standards development and adoption; and political, and financial support for advanced digital technology in the real property industry—from concept, design and construction through operations and management. The buildingSMART alliance operates within the independent nonprofit National Institute of Building Sciences (Institute).

1. You can’t manage what you don’t measure
2. You can’t automate what you don’t understand
3. Cultural is the primary barrier to efficient construction delivery, not technology.  Information is currently exchanged by disparate teams, in different ways and with different content for the same purpose.
4. Paper-centric process, email, phone create even more problems.
5. In order to take advance of BIM and digital technology…. PROCESS MUST CHANGE!

•1974 – Public Law 93-383, Sect. 809
–Bridge between Private and Public Construction
–Non-governmental – Unique 501c3 Organization
–Unique in that it represents all disciplines in industry
•Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Insurers, Unions, Manufacturers, Legal, Housing, Vendors, Owners, Consumers,  State & Federal Government, Codes & Standards, and Testing
–buildingSMART alliance is a council of the Institute
–Formerly International Alliance for interoperability



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