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The optimal approach to design, build, operate, and maintain buildings

With this strategic guide to building information modeling (BIM), you′ll learn how to implement this new technology as part of a comprehensive systems approach to the design, construction, management, operation, maintenance, and use of buildings. The authors, among the leading experts and pioneers in BIM, show you how BIM supports more streamlined, integrated, and efficient business processes throughout the life cycle of buildings, from their initial conception through their eventual retirement or reuse. The result is better quality buildings, lower construction and operating costs, shorter project turnaround times, and a higher quality of building information to support better business decisions. Moreover, they set forth a plan for incorporating BIM into every organization′s existing workflows, enabling you to take full advantage of all the benefits that BIM offers.

Everything you need to implement a BIM approach is set forth in detail, including:

  • The business case for BIM, demonstrating how it can improve collaboration, facilitate better design and construction, optimize workflow, and help reduce risk

  • Guidance for meeting the challenges of BIM such as an entrenched business culture, the proliferation of BIM tools, and the uneven rates of BIM adoption

  • The "big picture" view showing how your organization can work with business partners and fit into the building life cycle in a BIM–enabled industry

Throughout the book, sample documents and figures help you better understand the principles of BIM and how it works in practice. In addition, firsthand accounts show you exactly how adopters of BIM have gained a competitive edge.

Architects, engineers, constructors, building owners, and facility managers can turn to this book to realize the full potential of BIM and radically improve the way buildings are designed, built, operated, and maintained.

About the Author

Dana K. Smith, FAIA, is Executive Director of the buildingSMART alliance, a program of the National Institute of Build–ing Sciences (NIBS), and a Senior Analyst with Cyon Research. He is the founder and former chair of the NIBS Facility Information Council, developer of the U.S. National Computer Aided Design (CAD) Standard and the National Building Information Modeling (BIM) Standard. His efforts to advance the art and science of building have been recognized by numerous honors and accolades, including the 1996 Federal 100 Award, the 1997 NIBS Member Award, and the 2006 CAD Society Leadership Award.

MICHAEL TARDIF, Assoc. AIA, CSI, Hon. SDA, is Director of Integrated Project Delivery Systems for Grunley Construction Company in Rockville, Maryland, and a contributing editor to AIArchitect and Construction Project Controls and BIM Report. He is the former director of the Center for Technology and Practice Management of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the former project manager of the agcXML Project, an initiative funded and executed by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) under the auspices of the buildingSMART alliance, one of the first standards–development efforts to support genuine e–commerce in the building industry.


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HASH(0x98566c6c) out of 5 stars Thought Provoking 3 May 2009
By G. Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Well written and well structured. Helps you analyze where you are at and what you want to get out of moving to a BIM platform. No product pitches just good solid information from a business point of view.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9829ff54) out of 5 stars A timely, penetrating 360-degree view of the revolutionary world of BIM 6 April 2009
By Randall S. Deutsch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Building Information Modeling: A Strategic Implementation Guide by industry experts Dana K. Smith and Michael Tardif is a timely, 360-degree view of the revolutionary world of BIM and how it impacts those involved in this building industry technology and the work processes it supports. At turns wide-angled overview and deeply penetrating in terms of detail, the book clearly and thoroughly describes, explains and justifies the implementation of this technology as part of a much larger system, involving the earliest design stages through that of building operations. More than just a step-by-step "how-to" guide, the book will serve those in the design professions and building industry as a much needed what-to and why-to BIM implementation guide. Clearly organized, this highly systematic and strategic guide helps place the latest building industry virtual construction technology into context, covers both issues and opportunities for those doing the implementing, and addresses likely future developments for BIM and the collaborative process it enables. One of the book's best qualities is that, in discussing a subject, the authors don't just repeat information that can be found elsewhere, but to the delight of this reader always advance the subject - thus adding value to the discussion, and when appropriate are not afraid to take a stand. Everyone who reads this book will benefit from the wisdom, experience and expertise of its authors - every field should be as fortunate to have authors such as Smith and Tardif to write on their behalf. This highly readable book - along with BIM Handbook: A Guide to Building Information Modeling for Owners, Managers, Designers, Engineers and Contractors by Chuck Eastman et al - should serve readers from the professions and industry well as they move forward into the foreseeable future.
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HASH(0x98750f6c) out of 5 stars Building Information Modeling: A Strategic Implementation Guide 6 Oct. 2009
By Michael MacVittie - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was one of those rare technical books I found difficult to put down, being well written and informative. By necessity, its presentation remains transitional during this relatively unsettled stage in the process of shifting from CAD to BIM. The book does not attempt to offer all the answers. What it accomplishes more impressively is that it points out such considerations as 'Business Process Reform' and 'BIM-Based Enterprise Workflow' to encourage organizations to analyze and consider their own strategies and workflows as they adopt BIM. Parallels to other industries are mentioned to lend insight to our own. Business and contractual relationships, evolving roles and responsibilities and much more are all discussed in a cogent manner. Software tools are identified. Even the continuum of 'data, information, knowledge and wisdom' added nicely to the dialogue. Enough mention is made of ongoing activities related to BIM to remind one of the considerable effort underway to make BIM truly effective. However, one can also conclude the efforts are at best barely organized, if organized at all - not the fault of the authors for sure.

The book offers an excellent springboard to move forward intelligently and determine how to thread together what is pertinent to best utilize BIM in practice.
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HASH(0x98752144) out of 5 stars Very good overview. 14 Feb. 2010
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Very good overview of the changes in the construction industry particularly as they relate to design firms. I bought copies to give to each of our corporate directors. The information is very current and comprehensive. Highly recommended.
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