Building Information Modeling: What’s in a Name?

By Dace Campbell of Autodesk on May 30, 2014

Recently, I participated in the BIMForum in Boston, where the topic about “Design Optimization” drew a record crowd of professional attendees. Early and often, the presenters referenced “BIM” (Building Information Modeling) as a term or concept, with notable attention to the “I” (Information) in BIM as a key point of emphasis in successfully optimizing design.

The term Building Information Modeling (BIM) has been around over 20 years, and the concept of representing buildings digitally and spatially has been around about twice as long as that. You might think that a group of professionals dedicated to discussing and advancing BIM would be able to hover around a common definition for the term, or even a common term itself. Yet, there was more than enough perversion and variation of the term BIM to suit any number of viewpoints: painfully-redundant “BIM Models,” not-quite-synonymous “Virtual Design and Construction,” “Town Information Modeling” for urban planners, “Building Information Management Models” for facility owners and operators, and the horribly misleading 3D, 4D, 5D, 6D, 7D, etc for those who like to confuse things even further!

While it would be nice someday to settle on one term to rule them all, it became painfully clear that in 2014, we have a long way to go towards a standard term and definition for “BIM,” much less agreeing on BIM standards for professional practice!…

[Read Dace’s full original post here].