BIM in a nutshell – a simple summary
BIM is a way of working, rather a physical object or an entity. It is the process of delivering and operating built assets using well-structured digital information that all the necessary parties have access to.
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.
BIM begins with the creation of an intelligent 3D model and enables document management, coordination and simulation during the entire lifecycle of a project (plan, design, build, operation and maintenance).
Every detail of a building is modeled in BIM
The model can be used for analysis to explore design options and to create visualisations that help stakeholders understand what the building will look like before it’s built. The model is then used to generate the design documentation for construction.