Building information modelling (BIM) is the latest term to be elevated to a certain level of importance in geospatial information, urban planning and architectural design.
BIM has nearly reached the status of “GIS.” Consequently it’s attained a level of confusion among users about its true definition and application. I heard one practitioner this week at Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure conference question whether BIM has been around forever except we just used to call it “3D”.
- “B” he said was for “better decisions from a depth of information modelling (via simulation + visualisation)
- “IM” he said stood for “information mobility for better performing projects”. That is, how well users can obtain better collaboration through mobile platforms and apps
Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. A BIM is a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life-cycle; defined as existing from earliest conception to demolition.
I also happen to like this further refinement from Wikipedia:
BIM covers more than just geometry. It also covers spatial relationships, light analysis, geographic information, and quantities and properties of building components (for example manufacturers’ details).
“Precise 3D analysis gives huge time savings that 2D does not”. He was referring to workflows that need constant checking of alignment and design that would require the architect or planner to constantly refresh different views of the same area. A BIM approach allows you to work directly in the 3D space from the outset. While there is upfront time in constructing a 3D model, it will pay time dividends in the future.
By Joe Francica, Editor-in-Chief & Vice Publisher, Contributing Blogger to APB.
Original article can be found at: http://apb.directionsmag.com/entry/bim-worthy-of-clearer-definitions/364594.
Editor’s Note: Bentley Systems provided support for travel expenses to the Year in Infrastructure event.