What is BIM?

BIM is an acronmym that stands for Building Information Modeling.

It is a shift from the use of traditional document "Flat Files" based project information management
to fully integrated digital process with great benefits for productivity, quality and sustainability.

Graphisoft | What is BIM in layman's terms


is a broad term which covers many uses of digital technology and collaborative working environment and it’s uses includes multiple dimensions.


Traditional documentation and drawings derived from a BIM model.


Digital models of the project often initiated from conceptual massing models.


Time sequencing which enables construction and logistics planning and management including schedule tracking and phasing.


Cost estimation including rapid budget estimation that are dynamically linked to geometry of 3D digital models derived from authoring tools. Generate a set of Bill of Quantities and calculations of productivity rates and labour costs.


Operational applications capturing all relevant data during design and construction phase and integrating them with Facilities Management Platforms that when they are assets are handed over to the operators.

Benefits of BIM includes improved design reliability, reduced design risks, reduced wastes, enhanced coordination, greater productivity, higher quality of work, downstream uses for FM, reduced numbers of RFIs, enhanced computation of material quantities, less time documenting and more time perfecting the design.

Below is a very informative video on what Open BIM can do for you from buildingSMART

BIM allows the project team to share a virtual digital model of a project which comprises geometry and data properties throughout its entire life-cycle.

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