Last edited 20 Feb 2020

Object-orientated organisation of information

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 or tunnel.

The Handbook for the introduction of Building Information Modelling by the European Public Sector published by the EU BIM Task Group in 2017 suggests that, in relation to the object-orientated organisation of information:

‘The “object-oriented” approach describes the characteristics or properties of things. In the object-oriented approach, the object is central, thus acting as a container of characteristics or properties. Properties have values, optionally expressed in units. The set of properties associated with an object provide the formal definition of the object as well as its typical behaviour. The role that an object is intended to play can be designated through a model. Objects may be related to formal classification systems through the provision of references.’

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