So what (really) is BIM?


There are many definitions and interpretations of what BIM is (and isn’t) out there in the digisphere. A widely referenced definition, in the UK, comes from the CPIC which defines it as ‘a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. A Building Information Model is a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life-cycle; defined as existing from earliest conception to demolition’.

The problem with this definition is that it focuses very much on the digital model representation of a facility. Consequently I find that many people who are model creaters in their line of work often find it difficult to move past the idea of BIM just being for designers. Nothing could be further from the truth.

For me, I see Building Information Modelling as being is all about process. In its simplest sense it is a process of digital information management to assist businesses make informed decisions through every stage of asset development to management and eventual disposal. You could argue that BIM really should be PIM – Project Information Management, as it really centers on the production, coordination and management of project information that is comes out of the collaborative building information model process.

Every member or stakeholder involved in the process of development of a physical asset can contribute to BIM, right from land surveyors to facility managers and everyone in between.

Welcome to the GreenBIM spot blog


Welcome to the blog. I’ve started this as means of engagement and discussion with with the construction industry, specifically focused on BIM implementation and use, alongside sustainable methods of design and construction. I believe the two go hand in hand and will use this blog to provide commentary on them individually or intertwined.

So where to start to start….? Well BIM of course! After all, with the 4th April 2016 BIM Level 2 government mandate fast pproaching, it’d be rude not to.

Whilst BIM may have floating around in the industry for a little while now, but I’m still not going to assume anyone reading this is up to date on the the basics of BIM so I’ll try and summarise the introductory level what/why/how of BIM over the first few blogs and work onwards and upwards from there!

Hope you finding this engaging and if you have any questions feel free to contact me on LinkedIn.