There has been a great deal of discussion about Building Information Modeling (BIM). Most of the discussions revolve around understanding it.
The National BIM Standard is attempting to educate everyone on BIM and set the foundation for how BIM helps all sectors of the A/E/C industries.
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Here is one definition:
BIM is best thought of as "a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility...and a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life-cycle; defined as existing from earliest conception to demolition. Soon, nearly every piece of information that an owner needs about a facility throughout its life can be made available electronically.
Owners are finding tremendous benefits in having models of their facilities. Once educated about the use of BIM more and more owners are requiring its use on their projects. The benefits though do not end with the owner, many stakeholders gain from the existance of a model(s).
AutoCAD Civil 3D creates models and is a BIM product.
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