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Mandating BIM

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Building Information Modelling, or BIM, is a term that has been thrown around ad infinitum. A reference to Star Trek may be ideal here as embracing BIM promises to teleport its stakeholders to a flawless project. However, adopting BIM is easier said than done considering that there are several applications of BIM, and including all its aspects is daunting.

There is a common misconception that BIM simply means 3D design. In fact, it’s much more than that. BIM is a process for creating and managing all of the information on a project. The output of this process is the Building Information Model, the digital description of every aspect of the built asset. When we think of BIM, we often think of better design coordination and improved constructability. But the real value can come after handover, when the owner or facility manager receives a complete and accurate set of information. In short, BIM provides a set of interrelated and cross-referenced information. For example, objects in the model are linked to related information including manuals, specifications, commissioning data and warranty details. This allows the facility manager to efficiently manage the asset.

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