1st Edition

Building Information Modeling

By Karen Kensek Copyright 2014
    312 Pages 177 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    312 Pages 177 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This is a design guide for architects, engineers, and contractors concerning the principles and specific applications of building information modeling (BIM). BIM has the potential to revolutionize the building industry, and yet not all architects and construction professionals fully understand what the benefits of BIM are or even the fundamental concepts behind it.

    As part of the PocketArchitecture Series it includes two parts: fundamentals and applications, which provide a comprehensive overview of all the necessary and essential issues. It also includes case studies from a range of project sizes that illustrate the key concepts clearly and use a wide range of visual aids.

    Building Information Modeling addresses the key role that BIM is playing in shaping the software tools and office processes in the architecture, engineering, and construction professions. Primarily aimed at professionals, it is also useful for faculty who wish to incorporate this information into their courses on digital design, BIM, and professional practice. As a compact summary of key ideas it is ideal for anyone implementing BIM.

    Preface  Acknowledgements  Introduction  Fundamentals  1. BIM Overview  Parametric Modeling and the Virtual Building Model  BIM "Dimensions"  Level of Development  Summary  2. Stakeholders and BIM’s Many Roles  Architects, Engineers, Consultants  Construction Managers, Contractors, Sub-contractors  Fabricators  Facilities Managers and Owners  Summary  3. Data Exchange and Interoperability  Interoperability  Data Exchange Workflows  Single Model and Federated Model Systems  Data and Communication Formats  Summary  4. BIM Implementation  Transforming the Office to BIM  Delivery Methods  Legal Issues  Office Standards  BIM Execution Plan (BEP)  Metrics for BIM Maturity  Summary  5. Beyond Basic BIM  BIM Analytics  Cloud Computing  Computational Design  Increased Sophistication of Owners  Summary  Application: Project Case Studies  designLAB: Small BIM Tames Big Brutalism  ZGF: BIM in Transition: Making the Leap at a Large Firm  CASE: Building Information Coordinators  Mortenson Construction: Outstanding Project Success Through Collaboration  Conclusion  References and Software Mentioned  Index


    Karen Kensek teaches at the University of Southern California, School of Architecture. For over 25 years, her teaching and research have concentrated on the evolving role of digital design and its applications to the building profession. Her current research focuses on BIM analytics. She has organized seven building information modeling symposia at USC (2007–2013) with themes on education; sustainable design; construction and fabrication; analytical modeling and evidenced-based design; BIM management, implementation, coordination, and evaluation; and the future of BIM. Under her leadership, the School received the Autodesk Revit BIM Experience Award in 2008 and a BIM award from the AIA Technology in Architectural Practice knowledge community in 2010. She is a past president of the Association of Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA).

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