The emergence of Building Information Modelling (BIM) cannot be attributed to one moment or individual, rather a rich collection of digital advancements and concerted efforts to remove industry frustrations and inefficiencies. Over the last decade or so, BIM has, understandably but incorrectly, become interchangeable with the wider digital adoption agenda for the built environment. Our Head of Product, John Adams, wrote about this in a 2015 collaboration with BSI’s Dan Rossiter for BIM Plus Magazine.
After much work over a number of years, there is now an accepted definition of BIM enshrined in the international standards.
Building Information Modelling ISO19650
“The use of a shared digital representation of a built asset to facilitate design, construction and operation processes to form a reliable basis for decisions”
ISO 19650 recommends concepts and principles for business processes across the built environment for using BIM during the life cycle of built assets from procurement through to asset management. Rather than attempting to redefine or improve upon this internationally agreed definition, it is better to direct people who would like to know more about BIM to the UK BIM Framework and the UK BIM Alliance.
The UK BIM Mandate announcement set a lot of actions in motion and is still a driving force today for keeping the UK at the forefront of the international BIM community. However, it is important to remember the terminology grading BIM maturity by ‘Levels’ has been superseded by the UK BIM Framework.
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