What is Building Information Modelling [BIM] ?

► Building Information Modelling [BIM] is a very broad term that describes the process of creating a digital model of a building or other facility [such as a bridge, highway, tunnel and so on]. Fundamentally, the purpose of BIM is to ensure that appropriate information is created in a suitable format at the right time so that better decisions can be made throughout the design, construction and operation of built assets. It is not about creating a 3D model for its own sake and it is not an add-on process. BIM is fundamental to the way a project is set up and run. The required information is produced collaboratively by the supply chain of designers, contractors and specialist suppliers in a common data environment using standard methods and procedures. BIM models can be created by a variety of software packages but it is important to understand that BIM is not 3D modelling or 3D CAD but rather a process of creating and using information throughout the life cycle of a built asset.

► The Industry Foundation Classes [IFC] specification is a neutral, non-proprietary data format used to describe, exchange and share information. It is the international standard for building information modelling used for sharing and exchanging construction and facility management data across different software applications.

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