By Allan D. Chasey, Associate Professor, Arizona State University
Building Information Modelling (BIM) is an approach that is fast gaining traction in the architect, engineer and construction (AEC) industries. BIM combines the construction of a virtual model with all aspects of a facility, from design (space planning) to construction (cost and scheduling), and from operations to maintenance (planning and asset management). BIM is also a process as well as a project. Even though the technology for implementation of BIM will change, and probably change rapidly, the process and underlying concepts will likely change very little. This paper outlines the guiding principles of BIM and its ability to enhance the project delivery process of the AEC industries.