Back to basics: Why BIM?

January 26, 2023

This is the first in a new series of blogs looking at the fundamentals of building information modelling and the role of the Global BIM Network.

It is almost two years since the Global BIM Network was established, and the Network continues to spread its reach and engage with more parties through multiple channels. So, now is a good time to go back to some of the basics of building information modelling (BIM). In this first blog, we ask why BIM? What are its advantages and how to tap into them?

The Global BIM Network was set up in March 2021 to connect international public sector representatives and multi-lateral organizations. It exists to advance the digitalization of the global built environment and share the resulting benefits.

There is ample proof that BIM brings many significant advantages at the global, regional, national, sub-national, and organizational levels. Importantly, these benefits span the lifecycle of infrastructure assets – from their planning, design, build and operation, to how they may be maintained, refurbished, and eventually deconstructed. These benefits can be grouped into eight main categories.

1.  Firstly: Benefits to the bottom line. There is indisputable evidence that BIM programmes can unlock considerable savings in the form of faster project delivery times, and lower ongoing maintenance and operational costs.

2. BIM enables better and more efficient use of operational energy and resources.

3. Reduced waste and fewer errors on site ensure higher standards of health and safety.

4. BIM practices and processes enable better analysis and a deeper understanding of the whole lifecycle of an asset.

5. BIM enhances data security and the efficiency of data infrastructure resources.

6. Through taking a BIM approach in the design and delivery of infrastructure assets, it is possible to generate improved social outcomes, such as better care of patients in a hospital system, or improved outcomes for society through changes to an existing education system.

7. BIM can improve the competitiveness of a sector and grow export capability.

8. Finally, BIM can help to attract much-needed digital talent to the construction sector.

The Global BIM Network brings together stakeholders from governments around the world to encourage the wider adoption of BIM. The Network’s collaboration and sharing initiatives foster a common digital language for the delivery of the world’s infrastructure, enabling BIM’s social, economic, and environmental benefits.

In the next blog in our ‘Back to Basics’ series we will look more deeply at the role of the Global BIM Network.

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