Last edited 19 Jan 2021

BIM nesting

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a very broad term that describes the process of creating and managing digital information about a built asset such as a building, bridge, highway, tunnel, and so on.

BIM components are BIM representations of building products that have a distinct geometrical shape, such as furniture, windows, doors, equipment, and so on.

Some BIM components are the assemblies of a ‘host family’, for example, bolts or piles in a steel connection or pile cap. ‘Nesting’ or inserting the components into a family, means they can be used in multiple families. When families are nested they can be shared or not shared. The shared setting controls how it is tagged and scheduled when loaded into a project and means it can be shared among hosts.

Examples of when nesting may be required or useful include:

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