Implementing Building Information Modeling (BIM) for an Educational Facility: A Case Study
A new paradigm for a common data model is on the horizon in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industries. Design and construction information in these sectors is typically shared by means of traditional documents such as blue prints and specifications. In an age where the AEC industries rely heavily upon the use of computer programs to accomplish their tasks, very little electronic information in usable form is shared between them. Building Information Model (BIM) is a common data model that is designed to be shared between architects and contractors. BIM provides a means for all parties in a project to have integrated, coordinated and up-to-date information which can be used to make complex decisions. Apart from the design and construction phase this model can be very useful to facility managers during the life cycle of the building for maintenance purposes. The benefits of using BIM on the construction of an educational facility in the southeastern part of United States of America are presented as a case study. Lessons earned from the process are presented along with the opinions of the various participants.
Keywords: Building Information Modeling, Facility Management, Architecture, Engineering, Construction
Assistant Professor, Department of Building Science, Auburn University
Ms. Purva Gujar