A newly released guide from ASHRAE on building information models and building information modeling (BIM) serves as a resource for professionals considering BIM tools and applications for their businesses.
According to An Introduction to
Building Information Modeling, BIM is “a digital representation of
the physical and the functional characteristics of a facility.” Unlike 2D or 3D
CAD, BIM software utilizes intelligent objects to create models.
The benefits of using BIM applications are
numerous, including enhanced interoperability, which will improve Integrated
Building Design and Integrated Project Delivery, according to Dave
Conover, a member of the BIM Steering Committee who wrote the guide.
Most important, he says, is BIM’s ability “to create an accurate model that is
useful throughout the entire life of the building, from initial design through
occupancy and operation.”
Conover feels that in addition to the
actual benefits of the BIM process, the guide itself offers advantages in that
it gives those unfamiliar with BIM “a fast and high level introduction.” He explains
that even those already familiar with BIM could benefit from downloading the
guide: “It provides some broad level insight into how BIM will affect the
building industry in general.”
In addition to BIM’s advantages and tips
for getting started with the application, the guide also includes a list of
helpful software so that engineers might choose the best program for their
An Introduction to
Building Information Modeling is available as a free download on
ASHRAE’s Web site at www.ashrae.org/publications.
ASHRAE Releases Introductory BIM Guide
September 9, 2009