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Resources for the BIM World

Posted by accubid in Misc    03/12/2011

Building Information Modeling (BIM) has become a very hot topic in the construction industry over the last five years. It would appear that the flames became exponentially hotter year after year, coming to a boil in 2009 and continuing to this day. In this article, I will be discussing resources available for implementing BIM, as well as how to evaluate your organization’s current execution plan, legal resources and more.

Accubid has had a number of Extensions articles over the last several years discussing BIM and CAD. Please refer to the earlier articles from Giovanni Marcelli and Keith Hallman from the links below.


Accubid, in conjunction with The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America, presented the four-part course "BIM 101: An Introduction to Building Information Modeling" at our 2010 Accubid Conference in Las Vegas in May 2010, it was extremely well received. The fourth part of this presentation entitled "Getting Started with BIM" provided a number of resources for BIM, including creating your own BIM action plan. If you were unable to attend the Accubid Conference, many of those same resources are provided in this article.

BIM implementation requires planning to be successful. You can purchase software that will allow you to model a building but the true power of BIM is a paradigm shift in how projects are coordinated and managed. It has been said that BIM is a social experiment and I can’t agree more.

The list below is not an exhaustive one, but will give you an excellent starting point.

BIM Implementation and Evaluation of your Current Execution Plan

  • BIM Project Execution Planning Guide, Penn State - If you have time to read only one resource, this is the one. The Penn State team just released version 2.0 of the BIM Execution Plan in June 2010. This guide includes a complete outline of BIM implementation.

  • National institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) – Focused on gathering a number of organizations from government, professional, industry, labor and consumer interests. There are two projects that are of particular interest to the BIM community.

    • BuildingSMARTalliance – A council of the National Institute of Building Sciences and a driving force behind industry leading projects on a number of fronts.

      • Active Projects – Everything from agcXML to wall assembly libraries.

      • Standards & Technology Program – The project for "Defining Model View Definitions and Information Delivery Manuals for the MEP Industries" is lead by SMACNA, MCAA and NECA. It is a new and promising project, stay tuned for more.

    • Whole Building Design Guide – A program of the National institute of Building Sciences

      • National BIM Standard – Setting the framework for a disciplined BIM data structure.

      • Construction Operations Building Information Exchange (COBie) – Great resource for project lifecycle and facilities management. The goal of COBie is to gather building information during the design, construction and commissioning phases instead of waiting and recreating all of this information after the building is complete. COBie can be used for any project, but primarily for Department of State, Overseas Buildings Operations Office, General Services Administration, and Corps of Engineers contracts and proposals

      • BIM Initiatives – Good information for many ongoing government initiatives as well as other organizations that NIBS is working with.

  • Associated General Contractors of America – AGC has information on a number of topics

    • BIMForum – Industry-leading resource for all things BIM.

    • Project Delivery – Resources for information related to construction project delivery.

    • Technology – Resources for the technological part of the BIM equation .

    • BIM Education Program – A four-part program, two of which are completed and the other two are projected to be out in October, 2010. You can see a schedule of courses as well as purchase the course materials in the bookstore.

      • BIM 101 – Presented by Accubid at the 2010 Accubid Conference.

      • BIM Technology

      • BIM Contract Negotiation and Risk Assessment (October, 2010)

      • BIM Process, Adoption, and Integration (October, 2010)

  • The American Institute of Architects (AIA) – The AIA has a number of resources. Some are available for public consumption, others require AIA membership and some are for purchase.

Legal Resources

  • ConsensusDOCS – Publishes a comprehensive catalog of documents for contract needs developed by a coalition of a leading construction industry associations.

  • AIA Contract Documents – Divided into eight families based on Project type or delivery method.

    • Digital Practice Documents - Great legal resource for CAD and BIM

    • C106™–2007, Digital Data Licensing Agreement

    • E201™–2007, Digital Data Protocol Exhibit

    • E202™–2008, Building Information Modeling Protocol Exhibit

Other Resources

  • User Groups – There are a number of user groups around the country where you can get together with your peers. In my hometown of Denver, Colorado, we have the Denver Revit User Group. Search the web for associations in your area.

  • Websites – Search the web for BIM resources. There are vast resources available for learning more on BIM, getting training and tips for your BIM software and many others.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me: delliott@accubid.com.

-Doug Elliot

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