Chapter 1 Introduction: The Principles of BIM

In this chapter, we cover the principles of a BIM approach within your office environment and summarize some of the many practices used in today’s architectural workflows. We explain how you and your organization can achieve some of the many possible benefits from BIM by sharing the processes that these new technologies support. As you will see, these practices are oriented to industry BIM uses that provide advantages such as more thoroughly explored design concepts, better coordinated documentation, and better executed construction methods.

In this chapter, you’ll learn to:

  • Focus your investment in BIM
  • Understand a BIM workflow
  • Leverage BIM processes

The Fundamentals of a BIM Approach

Building information modeling (BIM) is an integrated model-centric methodology that delivers validated and coordinated knowledge about a building project throughout planning, design, construction, and operation. When this collaborative, interdisciplinary approach is optimized, it can improve an organization’s operations. BIM provides designers, contractors, and owners with a process to improve decision making, quality, and timeliness. At the core of this BIM approach are model-centric workflows (geometric and data models) that support project execution and asset lifecycle management. These workflows determine the methodology for creating data-rich geometries, integrated deliverables, and a model-based process to develop projects from planning through ...

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