What is BIM?
Referring to Mark Scott, associate principal at Dewberry, The easiest way to explain this to you, is that, before, we used to draw lines on paper. Then we went to drawing lines in the computer. Now, we actually put the information on products, into the computer so that at the end of the day, when we have a 3D model, it represents not only the physical structure, but all of the intelligence about the component parts that go into that structure.
[Seth Meyrow, BIM analyst] There’s really two parts to the BIM process. So, one is the construction of a virtual or digital model. The second half of the BIM process is the addition or loading of information into the model.
Autodesk has a commercial solution for engineers, constructors and Architect, see
this video for more information
SketchUp also have a BIM program and you can learn more here:
To go further with BIM, or to learn how to manage BIM through a LEED certification process, Energy-Models offers e-training, courses and tutorials about BIM and using BIM for LEED project>>