A White Paper on Building Information Modeling

opinion Essay
1573 words
1573 words

The future direction for the Architecture and Building industry is clearly BIM. Although there are disadvantages to BIM but this is so with every technology. The question is do the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages? In the case of BIM the answer is a clear yes. In the past decade, there has not been any technology, invention or innovation that has had such an impact on the Architecture and building industry as BIM. In 2005, a survey conducted by the American Institute of Architects showed that 85% of architects had never heard of BIM. However, by 2009, 75% of architects are heavy users of BIM. This is a 160% increase in 4 years. (Pierce,2009).

The McGraw Hill Construction Smart Market report conducted a survey which showed that in 2008, 35% of firms using BIM described themselves as heavy users. It projected that percentage to rise to 45% by 2009. The percentage has risen above this prediction. (Allison, 2009)

According to an article titled NIBS BIM Initiatives:

“The future of BIM modeling is to expand the information model to include more of the life cycle phases (ie: real property commerce, maintenance and operations, environmental simulation, etc.), to standardize life cycle process definitions and associated exchanges of information, and to standardize information content so that meanings and granularity are clear and consistent.”

In so doing, BIM becomes useful to other communities such as brokers, facilities managers, real property managers and operations engineers. Jennifer M. McGregor, Executive Director, US Sales Obelisk predicts that in three years we will all be using BIM.

Many states and government agencies have embraced BIM. The General Service Administration (GSA) public building office of the Chi...

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...ocesses but rule of computable interoperability will apply. Also, business relationship will be defined by data interaction protocol. It is also very likely that the modality for carrying the data between applications will become more important than the data. Responsibility and risks will be managed by linking protocols between the different models. The author of each model will maintain ownership while the architect’s model will be in the middle, controlling the design decision making, although it will not have all the project information. Although BIM increases accuracy and productivity and reduces waste, there is the need to ensure that the building industry makes more productive and efficient use of this technology. This will be happen through computability of design information, the evolution of a transactional business process and meaningful data operability.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that a major gap in the application of the bim is the computability of digital design information.
  • Explains that the concept of sharing design information is referred to as interoperability. it is difficult and complex to have a representation that works for all applications.
  • Opines that building information will not be in just one model; it will be a collection of information models supporting different processes but rule of computable interoperability will apply.
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