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Building Information Modelling (BIM)

The group provides a forum for organisations and industry professionals to share their journey putting ‘BIM into practice’ with other organisations and industry professionals - a simple idea, but one we hope will be of great value to its members.

The group’s goals are also simple and realistic:

  • Share knowledge and learning between its members.
  • Provide outreach to appropriate industry bodies and institutions.
  • Promote infrastructure related case studies, which demonstrate best practice and the integrated management of information across all stages of the asset lifecycle.
  • Provide leadership in establishing how buildings and infrastructure can be integrated; and how BIM and Geospatial can interface and converge.

What is BIM?

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is the process of generating and managing building data during its life cycle.

At one level, the process produces the Building Information Model - encompassing building geometry, spatial relationships, geographic information, and quantities and properties of building components.

However, whilst BIM is quite often seen simply as a move to 3D modelling of buildings, in reality it goes far beyond this. Firstly, it requires changes to the definition of traditional architectural phases and more data sharing than most architects and engineers are used to (i.e. challenging fundamental design process / ways of working). Secondly, it goes well beyond 3D design aspects with potential for integration of time (phasing/sequencing) aspects of a project (4D), cost (estimating) aspects of a project (5D), and ultimately even life cycle management (owner/FM) aspects (6D).

BIM is therefore the process of generating and managing project information throughout the whole life cycle of the infrastructure – not just that for a building – from planning and design, through construction, to operation, maintenance and de-commissioning. BIM describes an activity, not an object, and is therefore much more than a single technology or tool (e.g. REVIT) ~ it’s a quantum change in design and delivery practice, processes and behaviours – and because it is addressing infrastructure, sound information management and GIS is critical to its delivery.

Many of the principles that the industry is wrestling with in delivering BIM are common to those faced by the GIS community – hence the real opportunities for AGI for information, involvement and influence.

Member organisations are grouped into four categories:

  • Infrastructure Clients
  • Supply Chain
  • Technology Vendors
  • Academia and Professional Bodies

Client members have committed to hosting one event at their location.

Information on membership can be found here.

Contacts / More Information

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  • Twitter – @BIM4IUK
  • LinkedIn

Website Sponsors

Esri UK
Ordnance Survey
Leica Geosystems


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