BIM Handbook A Guide to Building Information Modeling

BIM Handbook A Guide to Building Information Modeling

The BIM Handbook is addressed to building developers, owners, managers,

and inspectors; to architects, engineers of all disciplines, construction contrac-
tors, and fabricators; and to students of architecture, civil engineering, and

building construction. It reviews Building Information Modeling and its related
technologies, its potential benefi ts, its costs and needed infrastructure. It also
discusses the present and future infl uences of BIM on regulatory agencies; legal
practice associated with the building industry; and manufacturers of building
products—it is directed at readers in these areas. A rich set of BIM case studies
are presented and various BIM tools and technologies are described. Current
and future industry and societal impacts are also explored.

BIM is developing rapidly, and it is diffi cult to keep up with the advances in

both technology and practice. Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) is a collabo-
rative contracting paradigm that has been developed and adopted within the

three years since we completed the fi rst edition. BIM tools are increasingly used
to support sustainable design, construction, and operation. There has been
increasing support by BIM for lean design and construction methods which
are highlighted throughout the book. Some innovations we predicted would
become commercial by 2012, such as tracking of building components using
BIM and radio-frequency ID tagging, have already been used in practice.
This edition not only addresses these themes and updates the material related
to the BIM applications; it also introduces sections on new technologies, such as
laser scanning and BIM servers. It also includes six new case studies.


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