Building Information Modeling

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ISBN-13: 9780470250037
ISBN-10: 0470250038
Author: Dana K. Smith; Michael Tardif
Pages: 216

Building Information Modeling: A Strategic Implementation Guide for Architects, Engineers, Constructors and Real Estate Asset Managers is a strategic guide to building information modeling (BIM) that teaches readers how to implement this new technology as part of a comprehensive systems approach to the design, construction, management, operation, maintenance and use of buildings. The book shows how BIM supports more streamlined, integrated and efficient business processes throughout the life cycle of buildings, from their initial conception through their eventual retirement or reuse. The result is better quality buildings, lower construction and operating costs, shorter project turnaround times and a higher quality of building information to support better business decisions. Moreover, the authors set forth a plan for incorporating BIM into every organization’s existing workflows, enabling readers to take full advantage of all the benefits that BIM offers. The book presents everything needed to implement a BIM approach, including:

  • The business case for BIM, demonstrating how it can improve collaboration, facilitate better design and construction, optimize workflow, and help reduce risk
  • Guidance for meeting the challenges of BIM such as an entrenched business culture, the proliferation of BIM tools, and the uneven rates of BIM adoption
  • The “big picture” view showing how organizations can work with business partners and fit into the building life cycle in a BIM-enabled industry.

Includes sample documents and figures designed to help readers better understand the principles of BIM and how it works in practice. In addition, first-hand accounts show exactly how adopters of BIM have gained a competitive edge. Architects, engineers, constructors, building owners, and facility managers can turn to this book to realize the full potential of BIM and radically improve the way buildings are designed, built, operated and maintained.