Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Location:  PMKI > IT & Construction Industries > BIM. 
The PMKI Library

PMKI Index
the PMKI

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is an intelligent 7D+ model-based process that gives architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure throughout the life of the asset.

Topics included in Building Information Modelling:

- BIM and related technology
- BIM Software
- Useful External Web-links & Resources.

Other related sections of the PMKI:

- Project management software listing

BIM and related technology

BIMBuilding Information Modeling (BIM) is a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility (a Digital Twin). Ideally, the BIM model is a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life-cycle accessed, and developed by the various design professionals involved in the facility, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers constructing the facility, and the owners and operators during the life of the facility through to its demolition (or re-purposing).

What is BIM?

BIM is an expansive methodology that extends far beyond any single software:
- True BIM is about collaboration and data sharing across the entire project lifecycle. It's a holistic approach to information management that goes beyond individual tools. It's about leveraging technology to enhance collaboration, efficiency, and project outcomes.
- BIM isn't just 3D modeling; it's about data-rich models that inform decision-making. It encompasses aspects like project management, cost estimation, and facility management.
- BIM thrives on interoperability. The ability of different software tools to communicate seamlessly is what empowers a BIM project. It's about breaking down silos.

As BIM developes, it has the capability to be an intelligent model-based process that gives architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals the insight and tools they need to more efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure.

WP: BIM = Building Information Modelling. BIM is a game changing evolution in the way the ‘built environment’ is designed, built and maintained through life to the eventual decommissioning and either renovation or demolition of the structure. this White Paper offers a concise overview of the technology.

In 2024, there are seven generally agreed dimensions:


Additional BIM Dimensions

Additional levels of BIM are being considered and are available in some software tools at this time there is only general views on how the dimensions may be standardized:

8D BIM: Safety and/or Risk Analysis
8D BIM adds risks, hazard, and/or safety information to the geometric model to improve safety at work and prevent accidents. With 8D BIM it is possible for the safety manager to visualize the construction site before construction, enabling an effective analysis of all possible scenarios to prevent hazards and other issues.

9D BIM : Waste Management and/or Lean Construction
9D BIM, is the dimension of BIM that optimizes and streamlines all the steps involved in the implementation of a project through processes digitization to minimize waste. Lean construction is an approach that enables efficient management of resources and involves monitoring the use of raw materials in order to minimize the incidence of waste.

10D BIM: Industrialized Construction
10D BIM aims to make the construction sector more productive through the integration of new technologies and physical, commercial, environmental or other type of data to optimize each phase and increased construction quality. Next-generation digital infrastructure offers accurate control at every stage of production of each individual element through advanced, codified and standardized processes.


ISO 19650-1:2018 Organization and digitization of information about buildings and civil engineering works, including building information modelling (BIM)

This document outlines the concepts and principles for information management at a stage of maturity described as 'building information modelling (BIM)' and provides recommendations for a framework to manage information including exchanging, recording, versioning and organizing for all actors. This document is applicable to the whole life cycle of any built asset, including strategic planning, initial design, engineering, development, documentation and construction, day-to-day operation, maintenance, refurbishment, repair and end-of-life.

Thoughts on BIM

Art: BIM in Australia. Australia desperately needs effective leadership from the Federal Government, supported by the States and Territories to reap the benefits and savings achieved by a coordinated implementation of BIM. This article offers a brief overview of the situation as at May 2022. 

DP: Government Procurement A Sovereign Security Imperative. Report of the Australian government, March 2022. Recommendation 7 'digital by default' focuses on the use of BIM.

UK BIM implementation map. The Roadmap is owned by BSI committee B555 Construction design, modelling and data exchange, which brings together leading institutions and organizations around the BIM agenda to support the delivery of clear guidance to the UK industry dedicated to providing and operating built assets.

Prs: Projects controls using integrated data. This presentation outlines the future of project controls as an integrated part of an overall project information system using remote sensing, virtual reality and other emerging technologies.


BIM enabled software

Assemble - A web-based 3D solution that lets you extract meta data, add coding, collaborate, and connect. Part of Autodesk Construction Solutions:

Bentley - 4D constructon platform including SYNCHRO: 
              -  iTwin Products facilitate the development and use of 'digital twins'.
              -  ProjectWise, powered by iTwin, provides a data centric workflows enabling advanced civil
              -  Bentley Infrastructure Cloud delivers improved insights, decisions, and outcomes for
                  your infrastructure projects and assets.

BIM 360 - A unified construction management software platform connecting your project teams and data in real-time, from design through construction.  Part of Autodesk Construction Solutions:

iConstruct - A building information modeling (BIM) software for Autodesk Navisworks:

Navisworks® - Project review software, holistically review integrated models and data to better control project outcomes: 

Revit - Tools for architectural design, MEP and structural design, detailing and engineering, and construction professionals. Contributors across all disciplines use worksharing and Autodesk BIM 360 to share and save work to the same project:

RIB - 5D BIM Enterprise Construction Cloud incorporating project lifecycle management, enterprise digitization, BI and AI: 
Full RIB listing on our construction management page.

UniPhi - Integrated SaaS 5D BIM software to collaborate, track and report on your projects and portfolio:  

For a list of tools focused on managing the construction process visit our planning and controls, software page


Useful External Web-links & Resources

Australasian BIM Advisory Board (ABAB). Providing a coordinated approach to development of BIM practices, standards, and requirements in Australia:

Australian National BIM Portal. Maintained by NATSPEC//Construction Information, all content is accessible free of charge: 

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). the world's largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership:

Constructing Excellence - CE (UK) aims to achieve a step change in construction productivity by tackling the market failures and promoting continuous improvement:

EU BIM Handbook - Click to Download.

ICPMA - The International Construction Project Management Association (ICPMA) is an international umbrella association focusing on international Knowledge Management, the General Annual Meeting, working groups and publications:

World Commerce & Contracting (formally IACCM) world-class standards in contracting and relationship management process and skills: Publishes the IACCM Capability Maturity Model to benchmark contracting processes:


Easy CPM

Easy Stakeholder Management

Work Performance Management

Stakeholder Work Sheet

Risk Register

Stakeholder on a Page

Easy CPM

Work Performance Management