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Building Information Modeling: A Strategic Implementation Guide for Architects, Engineers, Constructors, and Real Estate Asset Managers

ISBN: 978-1-118-39923-1
216 pages
April 2012
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The optimal approach to design, build, operate, and maintain buildings

 With this strategic guide to building information modeling (BIM), you’ll learn 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 authors, among the leading experts and pioneers in BIM, show you 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, they set forth a plan for incorporating BIM into every organization’s existing workflows, enabling you to take full advantage of all the benefits that BIM offers.

 Everything you need to implement a BIM approach is set forth in detail, 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 your organization can work with business partners and fit into the building life cycle in a BIM-enabled industry 

Throughout the book, sample documents and figures help you better understand the principles of BIM and how it works in practice.  In addition, first-hand accounts show you 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.

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Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Building Industry Challenges and Opportunities.

Global Trends in Supply and Demand.

Benchmarking Construction Productivity.

Construction Productivity Metrics.

Benchmarking Building Performance.

Converting Inefficiency and Waste into Profit.

Benchmarking Waste.

Indentifying Business Opportunities.

Emerging Business Strategies.

Choosing the Right Tools, Deploying the Right Tool Suites.

The BIM Value Proposition.

Process Engineering.

Thinking Like an Owner.

Building Performance Metrics.

New Metrics for Real Property Valuation.

Chapter 2: BIM Implementation Strategies.

Leaving the CAD Era Behind.

A Systems Approach to BIM Implementation.

Avoiding Ideological Pitfalls.

Aligning a BIM Implementation Strategy with Technology Trends.

Assessing Fundamental Risks.

Fostering a Culture of Information Stewardship.

Managing Culture Change.

Using Technology to Build Trust and Mitigate Risk.

Maintaining Data Exchange Capabilities.

Assessing Team Capabilities.

Managing Expectations.

Measuring Progress Toward Strategic Goals.

Toward a New Business Paradigm.

Chapter 3: Business Process Reform.

Managing Innovation Risk.

The Imperative of Change.

Innovation Management Strategies.

The "I" in BIM.

Industry-wide Reform Efforts.

Industry Standards and Innovation.

The Industry Standards Landscape.

Aligning Business Strategies with Industry Standards.

Integrating Information Gathering into the Business Process.

Leadership and Vision.

Engaging Business Partners.

Business Process Modeling.

Business Process Modeling Case Study.

Managing Change.

Information Exchanges.

Chapter 4: BIM-based Enterprise Workflow.

BIM Implementation Fundamentals.

Sidebar: Integrating Data Collection with Business Processes.

Business Operations and BIM.

Marketing / Business Development.

Human Resources.

Financial Management / Accounting.

Information Technology.


Workflow Visualization.

Chapter 5: The Building Lifecycle.

Lifecycle Views of Building Information.

The Feasibility, Planning, and Development View.

The Design and Construction View.

The Operations and Maintenance View.

The Ownership and Asset Management View.

Chapter 6: Building Information Exchange Challenges.

Sidebar: Data, Information, Knowledge, and Wisdom.

Information Management.

Sidebar: Case Study: Information Management.

Information Provenance.

Information Maturity.

Sidebar: The Wayback Machine: Archiving the Web.

Information Content Decay.

Information Electronic Degradation.

Information Integrity and Continuity.

Information Transparency, Accessibility, and Security.

Information Flow.

The Lifecycle of Information.

Stakeholder Views.


Chapter 7: Building Information Exchange Requirements.

The Big Picture.

Information Delivery Manuals.

Defining "Best Case" Business Processes.

agcXML: Organizing Transactional Information.

The Construction Operations Building Information Exchange.

Specifiers Property Information Exchange.

Coordination View Information Exchange.

Chapter 8: The Way Forward.

Workflow: From Sequential to Parallel Processing.

New Business and Contractual Relationships.

Evolving Roles and Responsibilities.



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Author Information

Dana K. Smith, FAIA, is Executive Director of the buildingSMART alliance, a program of the National Institute of Build-ing Sciences (NIBS), and a Senior Analyst with Cyon Research. He is the founder and former chair of the NIBS Facility Information Council, developer of the U.S. National Computer Aided Design (CAD) Standard and the National Building Information Modeling (BIM) Standard. His efforts to advance the art and science of building have been recognized by numerous honors and accolades, including the 1996 Federal 100 Award, the 1997 NIBS Member Award, and the 2006 CAD Society Leadership Award.

MICHAEL TARDIF, Assoc. AIA, CSI, Hon. SDA, is Director of Integrated Project Delivery Systems for Grunley Construction Company in Rockville, Maryland, and a contributing editor to AIArchitect and Construction Project Controls and BIM Report. He is the former director of the Center for Technology and Practice Management of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the former project manager of the agcXML Project, an initiative funded and executed by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) under the auspices of the buildingSMART alliance, one of the first standards-development efforts to support genuine e-commerce in the building industry.

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