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The Buzz on Bim
Posted by Scott Melnick on November 6, 2007 at 4:26 PM.

If you’re like me, you’ve heard a lot of buzz about BIM lately. The problem is getting good, reliable information about Building Information Modeling and Interoperability. McGraw Hill, the publisher of ENR and Architectural Record, has just released a nice white paper on the subject and is providing free access (visit
 to access the SmartMarket Report on “Interoperability in the Construction Industry”).


What are some of the key findings?

  • About 3.1% of project costs are related to software non-interoperability.
  • NIST estimates the lack of interoperability to cost the capital facilities market $15.6 billion per year.
  • A quarter of building team members now report they use some form of BIM frequently.
  • Architects are key proponents of BIM but many architects report they are hampered by the lack of interoperability among the various software applications used on projects.


Of particular interest is the move by the International Code Council (the folks who bring us the International Building Code) to develop “SMARTcodes,” which could be used to conduct automated code compliance checking of electronic building plans.


The report also includes information on some of the most celebrated BIM success stories, including the 2.4-million-sq-ft Lansing Delta Township GM Plant.


And if you want even more information, be sure to check out AISC’s BIM resources at or check out Luke Faulkner’s article in the November 2006 issue of MSC.

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