Chapter 4

Discussing the Modeling Part of BIM (and Management Too)

In This Chapter

arrow Analyzing the “M” in BIM

arrow Showing that BIM isn’t the same as 3D CAD

arrow Managing your building information

arrow Introducing the idea of model federation and collaboration

This chapter takes a look at the last letter of the acronym BIM, the M. In most definitions of BIM, the M stands for modeling, and we agree with that, but only because modeling can mean a lot more than just geometric modeling, using computer-aided design (CAD) software. A building information model can let you navigate and experience your project in an immersive, three-dimensional (3D) environment. The majority of platforms also let you build digitally in 3D space and produce the 2D drawings and photographic renders you require. In the model, you can represent every component and object in the real project. The more precise you make the detail of your modeling, the more construction and coordination accuracy you can extract when you need it.

However, a lot of confusion around BIM comes from a simple misunderstanding: that BIM is the same ...

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