The programme places BIM in its context as a technical response to attempts to increase coordination in architectural design, outlining the JCT's recent 'Constructing Excellence Contract' and explaining BS 1192 'Collaborative production of architectural, engineering and construction information' published in 2007.

This is followed by a basic explanation of what BIM is, how it aids collaboration, and the concept of parametrics as opposed to standard CAD methodology.

The programme then takes a closer look at what BIM can do, including a look at the benefits and technicalities of 'intelligent relationships'. It also explores whether there are situations where the use of BIM may not be appropriate, and clarifies the time and effort required to adopt BIM as a new working practice. The programme concludes with an assessment of imminent developments of BIM and intelligent modelling.

About the contributors

Steve Race is principal lecturer for the Department of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University and the first lecturer in the UK to incorporate a lecture on BIM (in relation to the JCT 'Constructing Excellence Contract') into the Practice & Management module for diploma students.

Nicholas Nisbet is a director at AEC3 where he leads work on software development, including XML development within BuildingSMART. He was a key contributor to BS 1192.

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