Friday, June 29, 2007

Building Information Modeling (BIM) Gaining Momentum

Whenever I see professional societies like AIA put their stamp on something, and big development investments by technology companies, I know my FM world is changing again. If you do not yet understand BIM then take a look at http://www.facilityinformationcouncil.org/bim/about.php and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Building_Information_Modeling. It’s here, it’s real, and I hope to goodness it doesn’t turn out to be a replay of the early days of HVAC interoperability, when we had multiple protocol standards competing for the marketplace. That does not seem to be the case with BIM, however, since the National Institute for Building Sciences is on point in developing the standards.

One caution, I have seen some information that seems to narrow the definition of BIM, referring to it as a 3D model of the building that can be used throughout the life cycle of the facility. That is true, but it is so much more as well. If you are anticipating a BIM project, then make sure your consultants and providers are up to speed and can deliver the real goods.

For a list white papers, a PDF of the Version 1 Standard, published articles and books on the subject, see http://www.facilityinformationcouncil.org/bim/publications.php .

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