The 3 letters in the acronym BIM are subject to much confusion and debate within the construction industry. Depending on the context in which it is used, BIM can potentially mean:
- Building Information Model [thing]
- Building Information Modelling [process]
- Building an Information Model [activity]
- Building Information Management
- Building Information Modelling & Management
- Better Information Management
- All of the above!
BIM-Boozled? Amidst all the technical jargon and acronyms involved in BIM, it is important to bear in mind that BIM is a value creating process involving implementation of more efficient working practices – better work, not more work!
BIM is a way of working so our advice, ignore the subjective acronym BIM and instead focus on the objective processes that Building Information Modelling entails!
In the UK [and accepted generally in Europe] the objective BIM process is laid out in a suite of 8 interlinked documents, standards & protocols [often referred to as the ‘8 Pillars of BIM’] – known as UK BIM Level 2 – which are in turn built on a foundation standard for collaborative working. Check out our BIM Section for more information.