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The optimal approach to design, build, operate, and maintainbuildings
With this strategic guide to building information modeling(BIM), you'll learn how to implement this new technology as part ofa comprehensive systems approach to the design, construction,management, operation, maintenance, and use of buildings. Theauthors, among the leading experts and pioneers in BIM, show youhow BIM supports more streamlined, integrated, and efficientbusiness processes throughout the life cycle of buildings, fromtheir initial conception through their eventual retirement orreuse. The result is better quality buildings, lower constructionand operating costs, shorter project turnaround times, and a higherquality of building information to support better businessdecisions. Moreover, they set forth a plan for incorporating BIMinto every organization's existing workflows, enabling you to takefull advantage of all the benefits that BIM offers.
Everything you need to implement a BIM approach is set forth indetail, including:
The business case for BIM, demonstrating how it can improvecollaboration, facilitate better design and construction, optimizeworkflow, and help reduce risk
Guidance for meeting the challenges of BIM such as an entrenchedbusiness culture, the proliferation of BIM tools, and the unevenrates of BIM adoption
The "big picture" view showing how your organization can workwith business partners and fit into the building life cycle in aBIM-enabled industry
Throughout the book, sample documents and figures help youbetter understand the principles of BIM and how it works inpractice. In addition, firsthand accounts show you exactly howadopters of BIM have gained a competitive edge.
Architects, engineers, constructors, building owners, andfacility managers can turn to this book to realize the fullpotential of BIM and radically improve the way buildings aredesigned, built, operated, and maintained.
About the Author
Dana K. Smith, FAIA, is Executive Director of the buildingSMARTalliance, a program of the National Institute of Build-ing Sciences(NIBS), and a Senior Analyst with Cyon Research. He is the founderand former chair of the NIBS Facility Information Council,developer of the U.S. National Computer Aided Design (CAD) Standardand the National Building Information Modeling (BIM) Standard. Hisefforts to advance the art and science of building have beenrecognized by numerous honors and accolades, including the 1996Federal 100 Award, the 1997 NIBS Member Award, and the 2006 CADSociety Leadership Award.
MICHAEL TARDIF, Assoc. AIA, CSI, Hon. SDA, is Director ofIntegrated Project Delivery Systems for Grunley ConstructionCompany in Rockville, Maryland, and a contributing editor toAIArchitect and Construction Project Controls and BIM Report. He isthe former director of the Center for Technology and PracticeManagement of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and theformer project manager of the agcXML Project, an initiative fundedand executed by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC)under the auspices of the buildingSMART alliance, one of the firststandards-development efforts to support genuine e-commerce in thebuilding industry.