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.
- 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:
- BIM4 Highways.
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.'