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BIM - Building Information Modelling

BIM (Building Information Modelling) is a term that is buzzing around the building and construction industry - increasingly in work that involves, and is led by, CIBSE members. Since 2011 CIBSE's BIM Steering Group has been working with the industry and other groups to deliver non-proprietary BIM solutions.

About BIM

BIM is a key enabler of change in the design, construction handover and operation of buildings and infrastructure facilities. BIM is a key component of the government construction strategy, where it aims to deliver significant efficiencies to the government estate. But BIM is also being widely adopted in the private sector by clients who see the benefits of a common information platform for projects through the life of the building, structure or facility.

Recent activity

The Society of Digital Engineering (SDE)

Recognising the increasing percentage of engineering tasks being conducted in a purely digital environment, CIBSE launched the Society of Digital Engineering (SDE) in September 2017. Read more and details of how to join can be found here.

Digital Engineering Knowledge

The CIBSE Digital Engineering (DE) Series of publications and templates has been produced to assist the full built environment supply chain in tackling the practical challenges, specifically of the BIM processes, of digital engineering more widely. For more information, visit here.

Digital Engineering Training

Visit here for more information.

Previous activity

BIM Hawk

BIM Hawk is a new website and software plug-in which enables the creation of standard parameters for use in BIM objects. Discover more.

Product Data Templates (PDTs)

One of the key outcomes so far is the development of a framework for Product Data Templates (PDTs) that are designed to simplify and accelerate the introduction of product data (from manufacturers) into BIM environments. PDTs have been created for a number of products and new ones are in the pipeline.

Another area of Group's work is the development of the website that aims to provide a regularly reviewed and updated source of information and links on BIM. In line with underlying philosophy of BIM this resource is being developed with input across the professions involved with the built environment.

Working across CIBSE and the industry

The CIBSE BIM Group is actively linked in with the work of the UK Government's BIM Task Group and is liaising with many of the 'BIM4' groups. The chair of the CIBSE FM Group, Geoff Prudence, is leading the UK's BIM4FM group whose purpose is to champion facilities management’s involvement with Building Information Modelling (BIM) projects.

BIM Standards

A useful list of standards associated with BIM can be found on the BIMTalk website here.

You can contact if you have particular questions or suggestions around CIBSE's BIM related activity.