Chapter 3

Examining the Information Part of BIM

In This Chapter

arrow Focusing on the “I” in BIM

arrow Establishing who’s going to add and edit information, extract and use model outputs, and keep everything updated

arrow Interrogating the data in the Building Information Model

arrow Collaborating with information

The projects you work on are packed full of data, from costs and quantities to certificates and standards. Every component of a built environment project, whether it’s a building, bridge, tunnel, or airport, is accompanied by a wealth of associated performance measurements, values, and facts. Somehow you need to manage and maintain this information as the project evolves. Information management is a huge task and traditional methods can be very inefficient.

Chapter 1 includes our definition of Building Information Modeling (BIM), simplifying many of the alternative (complicated) explanations you may have heard into a clear, concise sentence you can easily remember. The most important thing to realize is that BIM isn’t just a technology, and it isn’t just about engineering geometry or fancy visualizations. ...

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