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What is BIM? A quick internet search brings to mind an old tale… BIM seems to be something different depending on the point of view. The various participants in the design, construction and management of the asset (eg building or infrastructure), may experience BIM in different ways. Figure 1: If you cannot see the whole picture… The list in Figure 2 includes both ‘what’ can be done with the tools and ‘what for’, all of which can be applicable when describing BIM. Some of these may not be known across the industry because they are not relevant to every party in a project, but these are not new! So what is new about BIM? Starting from the basics, BIM it is about creating a model of the asset. Not a card model and not a digital equivalent! 3D CAD models are not new, but in many cases they represent only the visual aspects of the building. A BIM model is something else. Technology that has been used for some time by other industries, eg cinema, computer games development, and some manufacturing, is now accessible to the construction industry and to building owners. With more powerful computers and access to the databases behind the graphics, it is possible to add non-graphic information about the components (BIM objects) in the digital model. Figure 2: What is BIM? Figure 3: A card model 21


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