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BIM Handbook: A Guide to Building Information Modeling for Owners, Managers, Designers, Engineers and Contractors, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-02169-9
640 pages
March 2011
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"The BIM Handbook is an extensively researched and meticulously written book, showing evidence of years of work rather than something that has been quickly put together in the course of a few months. It brings together most of the current information about BIM, its history, as well as its potential future in one convenient place, and can serve as a handy reference book on BIM for anyone who is involved in the design, construction, and operation of buildings and needs to know about the technologies that support it. The need for such a book is indisputable, and it is terrific that Chuck Eastman and his team were able to step up to the plate and make it happen. Thanks to their efforts, anyone in the AEC industry looking for a deeper understanding of BIM now knows exactly where to look for it."
—AECbytes book review, August 28, 2008 (www.aecbytes.com/review/2008/BIMHandbook.html)

Discover BIM: A better way to build better buildings

Building Information Modeling (BIM) offers a novel approach to design, construction, and facility management in which a digital representation of the building process is used to facilitate the exchange and interoperability of information in digital format. BIM is beginning to change the way buildings look, the way they function, and the ways in which they are designed and built.

The BIM Handbook, Second Edition provides an in-depth understanding of BIM technologies, the business and organizational issues associated with its implementation, and the profound advantages that effective use of BIM can provide to all members of a project team. Updates to this edition include:

  • Completely updated material covering the current practice and technology in this fast-moving field

  • Expanded coverage of lean construction and its use of BIM, with special focus on Integrated Project Delivery throughout the book

  • New insight on the ways BIM facilitates sustainable building

  • New information on interoperability schemas and collaboration tools

  • Six new case studies

Painting a colorful and thorough picture of the state of the art in building information modeling, the BIM Handbook, Second Edition guides readers to successful implementations, helping them to avoid needless frustration and costs and take full advantage of this paradigm-shifting approach to construct better buildings that consume fewer materials and require less time, labor, and capital resources.

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Table of Contents



Chapter 1 BIM Handbook Introduction.

1. 0 Executive Summary.

1.1 Introduction.

1.2 The Current AEC Business Model.

1.3 Documented Inefficiencies of Traditional Approaches.

1.4 BIM: New Tools and New Processes.

1.5 What Is Not BIM Technology.

1.6 What Are the Benefits of BIM? What Problems Does It Address?

1.7 What Challenges Can Be Expected?

1.8 Future of Designing and Building with BIM (Chapter 8).

1.9 Case Studies (Chapter 9).

Chapter 1 Discussion Questions.

Chapter 2 BIM Design Tools and Parametric Modeling.

2.0 Executive Summary.

2.1 The Evolution to Object-based Parametric Modeling.

2.2 Parametric Modeling of Buildings.

2.3 Beyond Parametric Shapes.

2.4 BIM Environments, Platforms and Tools.

2.5 Overview of the Major BIM Design Platforms.

2.6 BIM Platforms.

2.7 Lightweight Modeling Applications.

2.8 Conclusion.

Chapter 2 Discussion Questions.

Chapter 3 Interoperability.

3.0 Executive Summary.

3.1 Introduction.

3.2 Different Kinds of Exchange Formats.

3.3 Background of Product Data Models.

3.4 Other Efforts Supporting Standardization.

3.5 The Evolution from File-based Exchange to Building Model Repositories.

3.7 Summary.

Chapter 3 Discussion Questions.

Chapter 4 BIM for Owners and Facility Managers.

4.0 Executive Summary.

4.1 Introduction: Why Owners Should Care About BIM.

4.2 BIM Application Areas for Owners.

4.5 BIM Tool Guide for Owners.

4.6 An Owner and Facility Manager’s Building Model.

4.7 Leading the BIM Implementation on a Project.

4.8 Barriers to Implementing BIM: Risks and Common Myths.

4.9 Guidelines and Issues for Owners to Consider When Adopting BIM.

Chapter 4 Discussion Questions.

Chapter 5 BIM for Architects and Engineers.

5.0 Executive Summary.

5.1 Introduction.

5.2 Scope of Design Services.

5.3 BIM Use in Design Processes.

5.5 Considerations in Adoption for Design Practice.

5.6 New and Changed Staffing within Design Firms.

Chapter 5 Discussion Questions.

Chapter 6 BIM for the Construction Industry.

6.0 Executive Summary.

6.1 Introduction.

6.2 Types of Construction Firms.

6.3 Information Contractors Want from BIM.

6.4 Processes to Develop a Contractor Building Information Model.

6.5 Reduction of Design Errors Using Clash Detection.

6.6 Quantity Takeoff and Cost Estimating.

6.7 Construction Analysis and Planning.

6.8 Integration with Cost and Schedule Control and Other Management Functions.

6.9 Use for Offsite Fabrication.

6.10 Use of BIM Onsite: Verification, Guidance, and Tracking of Construction Activities.

6.11 Synergies of BIM and Lean Construction.

6.12 Implications for Contract and Organizational Changes.

6.12 BIM Implementation.

Chapter 6 Discussion Questions.

Chapter 7 BIM for Subcontractors and Fabricators.

7.0 Executive Summary.

7.1 Introduction.

7.2 Types of Subcontractors and Fabricators.

7.3 The Benefits of a BIM Process for Subcontractor Fabricators.

7.4 BIM-Enabled Process Change.

7.5 Generic BIM System Requirements for Fabricators.

7.6 Major Classes of Fabricators and Their Specific Needs.

7.7 Adopting BIM in a Fabrication Operation.

7.8 Conclusions.

Chapter 7 Discussion Questions.

Chapter 8 The Future: Building with BIM.

8.0 Executive Summary.

8.1 Introduction.

8.2 The Development of BIM Up to 2010.

8.3 Current Trends.

8.4 Vision 2015.

8.5 Drivers of Change and BIM Impacts up to 2020.

Chapter 9 BIM Case Studies.

9.0 Introduction.

9.1 Aviva Stadium.

9.2 Courtyard by Marriott.

9.3 Sutter Medical Center Castro Valley.

9.4 Maryland General Hospital.

9.5 Crusell Bridge.

9.6 100 11th Avenue, New York City.

9.7 One Island East Project, Hong Kong.

9.8 Helsinki Music Centre.

9.9 Hillwood Commercial Project.

9.10 United States Coast Guard BIM Implementation.




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Author Information

Chuck Eastman is a Professor in the Colleges of Architecture and Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, and Director of the Digital Building Laboratory, a university-industry consortium, where heleads research in IT in building design and construction. He has been active in building modeling research since the 1970s and currently works with a variety of industry groups developing BIM technology.

Paul Teicholz is Professor Emeritus at Stanford University. After twenty-five years innovating with IT solutions in the construction industry, he founded the Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE) at Stanford in 1988 and directed that program for tenyears. He was named the Construction Management "Man of the Year" by the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1985 and awarded the Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction Technology by the National Building Museum in 2006.

Rafael Sacks is an Associate Professor in Structural Engineering and Construction Management at Technion–Israel Institute of Technology. He founded and leads the Virtual Construction and BIM Laboratory at the Israel National Building Research Institute, and has conducted primary and applied BIM research for industry, government, and public organizations in North America, Europe, and Israel.

Kathleen Liston is CEO of Eco Offsite, a modular construction company. She co-founded Common Point Technologies, Inc., a construction simulation software company. She has worked with a variety of organizations, including Autodesk, Walt Disney, DPR Construction, and Mortenson Construction, developing technologies and processes to implement BIM. She has a PhD and master's from Stanford University in civil and environmental engineering and a bachelor of architecture from the University of Notre Dame.

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