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Building Information Modeling

1st Edition

By Karen M. Kensek


286 pages | 177 B/W Illus.

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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.


"This book offers something new to the market. Its format and content make it unique and hence appealing to potential purchasers."

—Stephen Emmitt, University of Bath

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

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).

About the Series


Technical Design Series

The design and construction of buildings and facilities is no small feat. It requires a great deal of technical knowhow. Building professionals utilize ‘rules of thumb’ to make many of these technical decisions, much of which is unwritten based on traditional approaches of adherence to cultural codes of practice and building regulations. Students and professionals in architecture, engineering and construction have little scientific or fundamental physics as a basis for these decisions. This lack of technical understanding and access to need-to-know information inevitably leads to inappropriate technical design decisions.

PocketArchitecture:Technical Design Series is intended to fill this void. It comprises succinct, easy to use, topic-based volumes that collate in one place unbiased, need-to-know technical information about a particular subject area.  This series demystifies the scientific basis for technical design solutions, illustrating how fundamental scientific theory has been used to develop both traditional and innovative construction techniques and practices.

Books within the PocketArchitecture:Technical Design Series each provide a ‘fundamentals’ section in which the underlying scientific theory relating to the topic is presented and an ‘applications’ section that describes how the scientific theory has been applied to technical design solutions. The highly illustrated ‘applications’ section explains the scientific basis for common technical design ‘rules of thumb’, for traditional and innovative construction practices and for relevant codes of practice and building regulations and comprises the majority of each volume.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Study & Teaching
ARCHITECTURE / Professional Practice
ARCHITECTURE / Sustainability & Green Design