BIM is a process involving the generation and management of digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of assets, thus revolves around simulation of a model prototype in a digital world. It replaces conventional methods of design and management of these assets which utilise CAD (Computer Aided Design) technology and operations and maintenance information.
BIM can be categorised in two parts by the same definition; the first being Building Information Modelling and the second Building Information Management. Both parts must apply if the BIM process is to be truly realised as it not only revolves around technology but also a new way of working. This will involve the creation of fully designed intelligent 3D models that will incorporate detailed information which will be utilised as the primary source of information for clients, end users and facilities management services.
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