Last edited 16 Dec 2020

BIM4 communities

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a very broad term that describes the process of creating a digital model of a built asset such as a building, bridge, highway, or tunnel. It requires the adoption of collaborative workflows and presents both cultural and technical challenges.

BIM can be adopted throughout the lifecycle of a built asset, from inception and design, through construction and operation to end of life. This encompasses a very wide range of activities undertaken by many different disciplines.

BIM4 communities can be formed by special interest groups to collaborate and champion BIM in their area and support professionals on their BIM journeys:

  • Raising awareness of BIM.
  • Promoting a shared understanding of the value of BIM.
  • Promoting a shared understanding of the issues affecting the implementation of BIM.
  • Facilitating culture change.
  • Ensuring the industry is equipped with the skills required.

BIM4 communities include:

  • BIM4Academia
  • BIM4DataCentres
  • BIM4FitOut
  • BIM4FM
  • BIM4 Highways.
  • BIM4Housing
  • BIM4MM2
  • BIM4RailUK
  • BIM4Regs
  • BIM4Retail
  • BIM4Water

BIM 4 communities are able to adopt a charter, committing to the following values:

  • 'BIM4 communities will focus on the goal of promoting BIM adoption and providing support on an industry-wide basis with no single bias to any one platform, group or company.
  • BIM4 communities work will be mutually supportive and collaborative; they will share instances of best practice to benefit the greater good.
  • BIM4 communities will be the forum for all specialist interest groups aiming to coordinate BIM activities; they will do this by working together and pooling resources to provide an effective and practical conduit that is both knowledge-based and current.'

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