The term was created by Jerry Laiserin around 2004 or so. The practice started in the late 80’s with programs such as ArchiCAD and Architrion. I believe ArchiCAD was the first program that could be properly described as BIM.
Building Information Modeling
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is an intelligent 3D model-based process that gives architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure.
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. A BIM is 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.
Fundamentally, the purpose of BIM is to ensure that appropriate information is created in a suitable format at the right time so that better decisions can be made throughout the design, construction and operation of built assets.
In 2012, 70% of architects, 67% of engineers, and 74% of contractors were implementing BIM. Another McGraw Hill Construction [41] survey of contractors around the world reported that half of the contractors in the USA and Canada have been using BIM for 3–5 years and 8% for over 11 years.
Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a very broad term that describes the process of creating and managing a digital model of a building or other facility such as a bridge, highway, tunnel and so on. There are a number of ‘levels of maturity’ of BIM: Level 0 describes unmanaged CAD (Computer Aided Design).
A BIM Modeller is someone who’s primary role is to develop the model. They’re not a licensed Architect/Engineer, but skilled enough with BIM to understand the modeling requirements and how buildings go together to be able to do so accurately. Their level of responsibility can vary widely between projects and firms.
A decent place to begin is taking a gander at the best building information displaying software arrangements.
Autodesk BIM 360.
Tekla BIMsight.
Dassault Systèmes BIM.
Trimble Connect.
The NBS National BIM library is an online environment created for the storage of manufacturers’ BIM object model files. All BIM objects accessible through the library are authored to NBS standards.
BIM or Building Information Modelling is a process for creating and managing information on a construction project across the project lifecycle. … BIM is information modelling and information management in a team environment, all team members should be working to the same standards as one another.
A BIM object is a combination of many things. It is detailed information that defines a product and geometry that represents that product’s physical characteristics. … The component objects are building products that have fixed geometrical shapes such as windows, doors, boilers etc.
Many countries have standards mandating that BIM is used on new building and infrastructure projects. These countries include: Brazil, Chile, Denmark, Finland, Norway, United Kingdom, South Korea, Singapore and Vietnam.
BIM for structures
Building Information Modeling (BIM) helps structural engineers optimize designs, improve collaboration, and deliver projects faster. Using BIM, structural engineers can make more informed design decisions, automate construction documentation, and produce more constructible designs.

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