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September 19, 2016

BIM Is Sooo 2008…

RPA Pulse BIM 2008 Building Information Management Modeling Data Analysis
I know that sounds crazy but I'm serious. Building Information Modeling is an outdated term and does not even begin to capture the reality of the world in which we live.
Now wait; let me be more specific.
Building Information Modeling was created to help architects engage with their designs. Contractors accelerated the adoption by utilizing the spatial awareness to remove issues that arose in the field. So when I say BIM is “so 2008”, its the idea of a three-dimensional model that is dated.
In 2008, BIM was not new, it was becoming increasingly more popular. Even 3D modeling was not new. Between Sketchup, 3ds Max, Maya, Cinema 4D, three dimensional visualization had been around for a while.
So what am I getting at? It is the explanation of BIM that needs to be updated. Where Building and Information are still relevant, Modeling suggests that BIM is based off the foundation of a 3D model, when in reality it is much more than that.
I am not suggesting that 3D models are no longer a part of BIM, but yet they are just one element that makes BIM an incredibly powerful tool. So what is my suggestion?
Building Information Management.
BIM is a process in which information is gathered and presented within different formats to solve a multitude of issues. Looking at this process, BIM (Building Information Management) can be broken down into two categories: 3D Data and Digital Data; both of which are equally important in today's world.
We already know what 3D data is, but it is the digital data that separates a BIM (Building Information Management) model from a Sketchup model. Digital data includes everything from associated documents (warranties, manuals and specifications) to asset properties (manufacturer, model numbers and naming conventions). In combination, the BIM (Building Information Management) process comes full circle when visualization meets information.
Apparently I am not alone in this regard.

Geraldine Rayner of Summit BIM just published her article "Time for a new definition of BIM for Building Owners" where she states: "BIM is a process. A way of working that allows all participants including building owners to access, use, and rely on the inherent data created through the building lifecycle to drive the design, build, and operations process."
Now fast forward eight years to 2016, what is the reality of the world we are living in? Data. Speed, quality, and the analysis of information will rule every aspect of work for the foreseeable future. So what’s the point? For facility managers and those in the design and building industry, BIM is the perfect solution. By beginning to think of BIM as a Management tool and not simply a Model, we can finally use the term ‘BIM Model’ to refer to this wealth of information. So let’s look to the future and where this information can lead us. Where will we be in another eight years? Its hard to say, but one thing is for certain, data will be at the core.

Jacob D'Albora is Director of RPA Pulse, a BIM-to-FM solutions provider. By leveraging data created through the planning, design and construction process Pulse enhances the operations of a building.
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