What is BIM?

Building Information Modelling is a management system for construction work which relies on the use of a digital three-dimensional model related to databases. BIM makes it possible to produce and store all of the necessary information to manage the different stages of a construction’s lifecycle within the scope of architectural, engineering and infrastructures projects.

BIM models are achieved by creating objects which represent and are endowed with the attributes of the physical construction elements that are to be managed. The BIM objects in the digital model may be connected to one or more assets in external databases, thus enabling information of building spaces, elements, means and resources involved in the management of these to be stored.

BIM Technology is any solution that shares in the creation and management of the BIM models throughout the lifecycle of the construction – planning, designing, building, operating and deconstructing. BIM technology may comprise databases, software and/or hardware solutions.

In terms of processes, BIM methodologies enable the actors in the AEC sector to generate and share knowledge in a fully collaborative environment in order to achieve more efficient buildings and infrastructures.