A Building Information Model (BIM) is a rich information model, consisting of potentially multiple data sources, elements of which can be shared across all stakeholders and be maintained across the life of a building from inception to recycling (cradle to cradle). This integrated format offers significant benefits, such as cost reductions, entire carbon impact analysis, early clash identification, compliance checking, better project management and simpler procurement to name a few.
The importance of the “Information” in BIM should be stressed. Dr Hamil continues, “The industry must not fall into the trap of seeing 3D CAD as BIM – it is much more than 3D modeling. The key here is rich information. This is more than geometric information from a CAD model. The information model might include contract and specification properties, personnel, programming, quantities, cost, spaces and geometry to achieve the real benefits a BIM has to offer. Software is the interface to a building information model; rich content is what populates it.”
Building Information Model, in essence, is a technology platform upon which professional from AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) industry could work and share data collaboratively and efficiently.
Four phases of the consultative methodology of BIM technology implementation there is Assess Phase, Plan Phase, Solve Phase and Confirm Phase.
Today’s Building Information Modeling technology allows us to link any intelligent contents, into BIM to facilitate the operation of the building. It enhances facility managers to retrieve building information effectively and at the same time, to migrate their practices to a computerized and integrated platform. It should be moved or even vanished when BIM technology keep advancing so that we take lesser and lesser effort to put more and more details inside a centralized database.
BIM is the next technology step that adds information to three-dimension graphics. In the development of a BIM model, data is collected that can be used throughout the entire life cycle of a facility. BIM strategy and implementation is to provide guidance, and train them on BIM technologies. In addition, BIM provided core services such as development of CAD standards, a wide range of contract services, and Web development in support of our mission and functions.