Chapter 4

BIM - Building Information Modelling

John Rogers, Heap-Yih Chong, Christopher Preece, Chai Chai Lim and Himal Suranga Jayasena


Building Information Modelling (BIM) is an abstract concept. The preferred definition of BIM is “Building Information Modelling is digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility creating a shared knowledge resource for information about it forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life cycle, from earliest conception to demolition” (Snook, 2011). Different dimensions and capabilities of BIM are articulated, such as 4D, 5D, 6D, etc. Interoperability issues have been discussed with Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) specification and Construction Operations Building Information Exchange (COBie). BIM maturity models have been compared. Subsequently, the chapter reviews a brief historical perspective on BIM software. It then proceeds to describe current and commonly available BIM software. Eventually, it concludes with an overview of training programmes that are pertinent to the obtaining of BIM software skills.

Total Pages: 27-65 (39)

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