Why use BIM?

In this section, learn different perspectives about the benefits of using BIM and why is it important for different professionals in the construction industry.

Why do we need BIM? John Lorimer, Capital Programme Director, Corporate Services, at Manchester City Council explores the advantages of BIM in an article published at National Building Specification for the UK.
Why are building information models important? NBIMS Project Committee answers this frequently asked question while highlighting that because building information models are digital, building elements are infinitely more useful than hand or computer drafted drawings.
Building Information Modeling for the Win: Top 10 Benefits of BIM Matt Ball explains 10 benefits of BIM for building and infrastructure projects in an article published on Redshift-Autodesk.
A 2014 report on Business value of BIM for construction in major global markets SmartMarket report published by McGraw Hill Construction in partnership with Autodesk, AECOM and BIM Forum.
BIM and Why it matters? d3interiors describe their experience of using BIM and why it is important.
A video about Why use BIM?  Michael Evans, Global director of Engineering for Tekla Corporation, talks about the reasons to use BIM.
 For Small Firms
7 Reasons Why Transitioning to BIM Makes Sense for Small Firms Is BIM really necessary for smaller firms? ArchDaily article explores this question and explains the benefits of BIM for smaller firms.
 For Professionals
BIM Benefits Compared to Traditional Planning HWP planung, an architectural firm lists the advantages of BIM from their perspective.
BIM Benefits per profession Juan Rodriguez explores how each different profession (architects, engineers, owners, contractors, etc) can take advantage of BIM in their profession.
How might contractors benefit from using BIM? Nancy Clark Brown writes about some of the benefits of BIM that contractors are realising in their practice.
BIM benefits for MEP Engineers A video by IMAGINiT Technologies explaining why it is beneficial for MEP engineers to use BIM.

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History of BIM

The concept behind Building Information Modeling has existed for a long time. BIM has come a long way over the many decades of evolution. Today, it is gradually becoming an industry standard as more and more countries begin to adopt BIM on a national scale. Learn about the origins of the term ‘Building Information Modeling (BIM)’ and the story of how it came to be the way we know it today.

Architectural Design Exposed: From Computer-Aided Drawing to Computer-Aided Design Simon Ruffle in his paper published in 1986, put forward the idea of transitioning from computer aided drafting to computer aided design.
 A brief history of BIM A journey started in 1984 by the release of Radar CH(later known as ArchiCAD) by Gábor Bojár to 2002 when Autodesk bought Revit from Irwin Jungreis and Leonid Raiz. Vanessa Quirk tells an interesting story in her article about the evolution of BIM.
If BIM’s a mystery, Here’s the history! A blog that explains the evolution of Building Description System used in 1970s to Building Information Modeling as we know it today.
Building Information Modeling In 2002, Autodesk published a white paper titled ‘ Building Information Modeling’ which introduced the term for a collaborative and database centric modeling approach to building design.
A debate about ‘Building Information Modeling’ In April 2003, Jerry Laiserin, who is widely credited for popularising the term ‘Building Information Modeling’ brought Autodesk, Inc. and Bentley Systems, Inc., two of the world’s leading makers of design software for the built environment, face-to-face in a debate about their respective approaches to Building Information Modeling (BIM).
Building Information Modeling Two Years Later – Huge Potential, Some Success and Several Limitations Two years after the debate, Ian Howell and Bob Batcheler, published a white paper that studied the early adopters of BIM and listed the huge potential, some success and several limitations with using BIM.
Parametricist Manifesto In 2008, Patrik Schumacher coined the concept of “parametricism” and the movement of building parametric architectural structures. He highlighted the use of computationally advanced design techniques like scripting and parametric modeling. This later gave birth to software development for parametric modeling central to the concept of BIM.
 2010 and later
Government Construction Strategy The Government Construction Strategy was published by the Cabinet office on 31 May 2011. The report announced the Governments intention to require: collaborative 3D BIM on its projects by 2016.
National BIM report 2016 The UK Government’s BIM mandate comes to force in April 2016. The National BIM Report is the most comprehensive analysis of the state of BIM within the UK construction sector.
National BIM Standard-United States® (NBIMS-US™) Version 3 (V3) The NBIMS-US™ V2 came out in May 2012 and became the first open consensus BIM standard. Following a multi-year effort, the National Institute of Building Sciences buildingSMART alliance® released the latest edition of the nation’s consensus-based standard governing building information modeling (BIM) in July, 2015.

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