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BIM Handbook: A Guide to Building Information Modeling for Owners, Managers, Designers, Engineers and Contractors Hardcover – April 19, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0470541371 ISBN-10: 0470541377 Edition: 2nd

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  • Hardcover: 648 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (April 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470541377
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470541371
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.7 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The BIM Handbook bills itself as a "guide", but it is also a history−a compendium of case studies, a detailed look at the underlying software and other technology, and a forward−looking analysis of how BIM will exert increasing influence on the way buildings are designed, constructed, and operated." (Civil Engineering, July 2008)

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Discover BIM: A better way to build better buildings.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a new approach to design, con-struction, and facility management in which a digital representation of the building process is used to facilitate the exchange and interoperability of information in digital format. BIM is beginning to change the way buildings look, the way they function, and the ways in which they are designed and built.

BIM Handbook: A Guide to Building Information Modeling for Owners,Managers, Designers, Engineers, and Contractors provides an in-depthunderstanding of BIM technologies, the business and organizational issues associated with its implementation, and the profound advantages that effective use of BIM can provide to all members of a project team. The Handbook:

  • Introduces Building Information Modeling and the technologies that support it

  • Reviews BIM and its related technologies, in particular parametric and object-oriented modeling, its potential benefits, its costs, and needed infrastructure

  • Explains how designing, constructing, and operating buildings with BIM differs from pursuing the same activities in the traditional way using drawings, whether paper or electronic

  • Discusses the present and future influences of BIM on regulatory agencies; legal practice associated with the building industry; and manufacturers of building products

  • Presents a rich set of BIM case studies and describes various BIM tools and technologies

  • Shows how specific disciplines—owners, designers, contractors, and fabricators—can adopt and implement BIM in their companies

  • Explores BIM's current and future impact on industry and society

Painting a colorful and thorough picture of the state of the art in Building Information Modeling, the BIM Handbook guides readers to successful implementations, helping them to avoid needless frustration and costs and take full advantage of this paradigm-shifting approach to build better buildings, that consume fewer materials, and require less time, labor, and capital resources.


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The layout of the book is logical, its progression and presentations crystal clear.
Michael Daly
The explanation is designed to assist professionals in understanding BIM software performance issues and in making intelligent choices when selecting that software.
Kristine K. Fallon
I would recommend this to anyone who has an interest in BIM and to anyone who is in the AEC profession.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Kristine K. Fallon on April 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
In the BIM Handbook (A Guide to Building Information Modeling for Owners, Managers, Designers, Engineers and Contractors), a remarkably knowledgeable and credentialed team of authors has provided a sound, thoroughly researched and comprehensible review of the technology, the market drivers and the business transformation issues surrounding Building Information Modeling (BIM). This book is a must-read for anyone involved in the design, construction or operation of buildings who needs to understand and apply effectively the emerging BIM tools and techniques. University professors of architecture, engineering and construction will find this an excellent text for introducing BIM to the emerging generation of design and construction professionals.

The concepts underlying BIM have been evolving for a quarter century, as the book makes clear. In the past few years, however, market drivers and technology advances have converged to produce software tools that have an extraordinary positive impact on the design and construction of buildings. In the industry scramble to take advantage of this potential, there has been much confusion about what BIM is, how to use it and who benefits from it. The BIM Handbook tackles all three questions.

The Second Edition (2011) has introduced important refinements, updates and new information. Every chapter has been updated, but two are of special note. Chapter 2, which addresses BIM Design Tools and Parametric Modeling, has been expanded to include a very complete yet palatable explanation of how building information modeling software works. The explanation is designed to assist professionals in understanding BIM software performance issues and in making intelligent choices when selecting that software.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lachmi Khemlani on September 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The BIM Handbook is an extensively researched and meticulously written book, showing evidence of years of work rather than something that has been quickly put together in the course of a few months. It brings together most of the current information about BIM, its history, as well as its potential future in one convenient place and can serve as a handy reference book on BIM for anyone who is involved in the design, construction, and operation of buildings and needs to know about the technologies that support it. It is the must-have text book for BIM for all academic institutions who would like to teach or research this subject. Some practitioners might find it a little intimidating, as it does get very detailed and technical, but those refuse to be daunted by its academic style will find their efforts very well rewarded with a deeper understanding of all aspects of BIM that are relevant to their work.

You can read a more detailed review of this book in my AEC technology publication, AECbytes: [...]
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dana K. Smith on July 13, 2008
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This is clearly the most comprehensive book to date on the subject of building information modeling. It covers the entire spectrum and provides many comparative analyses of existing products, to help you make an educated choice of tools.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Callas on September 8, 2008
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Excellent in how it encompasses BIM issues to various partners in the building process. It is considerably appropriate and relevant when considering the impact of BIM on the building industry and our personal business.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Daly on August 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Building Information Modeling (BIM) describes the entry of data base files into construction and fabrication drawings; the designation of the shape on the drawing is actually a hyperlink to the data file. In this way, BIM is definitely not ` what you see is what you get".

In a very similar manner, this BIM Handbook is not "what you see is what you get". It appears to be a book, in fact, it is a catalyst, a dynamic interactive tool that changes the way design and production professionals accomplish their work. It seems to me virtually impossible to read this book and remain rooted in traditional inefficiencies, in outdated practices.

As a catalyst, of course, this book is hard to simply "read", because it is initiating transformative action in real time as one is going thru its chapters. The layout of the book is logical, its progression and presentations crystal clear. It contains many helpful graphics and charts, as well as direct instructions for newcomers to this field to achieve a measure of competence in it. The BIM Handbook is an obvious choice for university level classes, and for professional offices in construction management.

After eight thoroughly informative chapters, the authors give to the reader in Chapter Nine very useful examples of BIM applications. I also appreciated the authors' efforts to describe the current software systems available, and their intended purposes.

BIM Handbook is a must have companion for anyone in this field desiring integration into the leading edge of today's design / build world. I recommend BIM Handbook unequivocally.

Mike Daly
San Francisco
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sasa on September 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is a great resource for managers/executives who need to familiarize themselves with bim technology in order to successfully initiate implementation within a company. Benefits (and drawbacks) of technology for all groups mentioned in a title (developers, facility managers, designers, contractors)are covered in details.

Authors are very competent and they put lots of effort to prepare and organize this material (this is one of the best organized book I have ever read).

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Highly recommended.
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