Building information modeling (BIM) is a process involving the generation and management of digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of places.
BIM are files (often but not always in proprietary formats and containing proprietary data) which can be exchanged or networked to support decision-making about a place. Current BIM software is used by individuals, businesses and government agencies who plan, design, construct, operate and maintain diverse physical infrastructures, such as water, wastewater, electricity, gas, refuse and communication utilities, roads, bridges and ports, houses, apartments, schools and shops, offices, factories, warehouses and prisons.
BIM makes a reliable digital representation of the building available for design decision making, high-quality construction document production, construction planning, and performance predictions, and cost estimates. Having the ability to keep information up-to-date and accessible in an integrated digital environment gives architects, engineers, builders, and owners a clear overall vision of all their projects, as well as the ability to make informed decisions faster.
OpenBIM – more efficient project workflows
OPEN BIM is a universal approach to the collaborative design, realization, and operation of buildings based on open standards and workflows.
Professor Arto Kiviniemi about BIM
Professor Arto Kiviniemi introduces the University of Liverpool in London MSc Building Information Modelling: