BIM - Building Information Modeling - is an integrated process built on coordinated, reliable information about a project from design, through construction into operations.
By adopting BIM, architects, engineers, contractors and owners can easily create coordinated, digital design information and documentation; use that information to accurately visualize, simulate and analyze performance, appearance and cost; and reliably deliver the project faster, more economically and with reduced environmental impact.
The building industry´s design and construction processes are implementing fundamental changes like:
BIM technology has created a solid platform for an improved, more efficient means of collaboration between all the parties involved in the project with shared outcomes, risks and gains.
Means of project representation are moving from 2D drawings to digital models, where representation occurs simultaneously with analysis.
When design representations become performative, they enable rapid design inference - understanding the analytical ramifications of design decisions as they are being made - with analysis being performed by designers as an integral part of the design process. This approach is in stark contrast to more traditional ¨rule of thumb¨ evaluations of design as they evolve.
There is an increasing obligation of designers to provide higher degrees of insight regarding building outcomes. The owners define technology standards to realize opportunities for increased project and data flexibility.
Digitally fabricated building components reduce the pressure on field construction productivity.