BIM, What is Building Information Modeling?

“BIM” or Building Information Modeling is one of the most misunderstood terms in the architectural industry today. Surveyors and laser scanning service providers often think that simply creating a digital 3D model of a building from the point clouds they capture using the latest 3D laser scanning technology is “BIM” even though that model has no non-graphical information whatsoever. Building Information Modeling was created to be a more ‘intelligent’ design tool/process. It was not designed for as-builts – the “real world” is not square and level. Most BIM software packages do not accept imperfection. Rather than try to further define Building Information Modeling, I’ll refer you to this great video explanation created by GRAPHISOFT, creators of ArchiCAD.

Is BIM just another buzzword or sales tactic? Are uninformed service providers discrediting this valuable design process?

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About the Author

Travis Reinke is the Chief Editor and Founder of BIMable and has over 18 years of experience in 3D modeling and rendering, planning, design, and Building Information Modeling (BIM). Mr. Reinke has implemented and managed numerous BIM projects on an international level. He has and continues to work closely with the industry to provide implementation, training and support on more complete and effective use of BIM.