What is BIM? (Building Information Modeling)

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the management of information through the whole life cycle of a built asset, from initial design all the way through to construction, maintaining and finally de-commissioning, through the use of digital modeling. BIM is all about collaboration - between engineers, owners, architects and contractors in a three dimensional virtual construction environment (common data environment), and it shares information across these disciplines. 

Building Information Modeling allows design and construction teams to communicate about design and coordinate information across different levels that has been unseen before. This information remains with the project, from before beginning construction, right throughout its lifetime. It also helps to analyze any potential impacts.

It can be used for a wide range of projects such as a new building or railway infrastructure. The use of BIM goes beyond the planning and design phase of the project, extending throughout the building life cycle, supporting processes including cost management, construction management, project management and facility operation.

What are the benefits?

Through the use of Building Information Modeling and BIM certification, the following key benefits can be gained:

  • Faster and efficient processes
  • Increased productivity and speeds up delivery
  • Reduced uncertainty
  • Controlled whole-life costs and environmental data
  • Avoidance of rework costs
  • Improved safety
  • Opportunity to secure Government contracts
  • Reduced on-site waste
  • Prevention of errors

BSI BIM Solutions Webinar Video

Learn from a panel of BSI experts what BIM is, BSI support for BIM, BSI certification solutions, BSI verification framework and architecture and what training is available.

Why choose us?

BSI (British Standards Institution) is the business standards company that equips businesses with the necessary solutions to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence. Formed in 1901, BSI was the world’s first National Standards Body and a founding member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Over a century later it continues to facilitate business improvement across the globe by helping its clients drive performance, manage risk and grow sustainably through the adoption of international management systems standards, many of which BSI originated. Renowned for its marks of excellence including the consumer recognized BSI Kitemark, BSI’s influence spans multiple sectors including aerospace, automotive, built environment, food, healthcare and ICT. With over 80,000 clients in 172 countries, BSI is an organization whose standards inspire excellence across the globe.

Our clients choose us:

  • For our unique client management structure
  • For our expertise
  • For our integrity
  • Because we are performance minded
  • For our expert assessors