Sheet metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association

Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. BIM 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.

SMACNA continues to develop educational and information resources and to provide members with access to industry developments in this emerging field.


  • Resource End-to-End Collaboration Through BIM

    “BIM Level 3”, “Extended Collaboration” and “Building Lifecycle Management” are three terms leading the way in the growing concept of Building Information Modeling (BIM). This article by Dassault Systemes provides information on the evolution of BIM levels and collaboration methods, and how manufacturing processes can be applied to construction.


  • Resource SMACNA research shows BIM brings profitability, new opportunities

    Building Information Modeling (BIM) has become a requirement on most mid-sized to large commercial construction projects. But sheet metal and HVAC contractors want to know ̶ do the benefits of BIM justify the cost? SMACNA’s new white paper “The Business Case for BIM” can help contractors justify the cost of investing in BIM capabilities. This new research demonstrates that the benefits of BIM can be substantial ̶ increasing profitability, bidding opportunities, and manufacturing efficiency and volume.


  • Resource New ConsensusDOCs BIM Addendum

    The ConsensusDocs Coalition, of which SMACNA is a member, has published an updated ConsensusDocs 301 BIM Addendum, which was an industry-first document originally published in June 2008. The new Addendum updates terminology and provisions to reflect current best practices in the rapidly changing world of BIM.


  • Resource McGraw Hill Construction Report on BIM and Large Projects

    A new SmartMarket Report from McGraw Hill focuses on how much BIM is contributing to improved outcomes on complex buildings (e.g. hospitals, labs, manufacturing). Read more


  • Resource SMACNA BIM Educational Resources

    Two external links, one link to a SMACNA publication, and one PDF


  • Resource The VA BIM Guide

    VA’s Office of Construction and Facilities Management (CFM) has determined that Building Information Modeling (BIM) represents both an enhanced technology and a process change for the architecture-engineering-construction-facilities management industry. VA is committed to moving both the organization and its service providers to BIM as effectively and efficiently as possible, and to integrating BIM process requirements and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) methodologies into its delivery requirements


  • Resource SMACNA White Paper: Legal Implications of Building Information Modeling

    The construction industry has lagged behind other industries, in part, because of its inability to incorporate new technologies into the construction process. In particular, the required interoperability and architect/engineer/contractor cooperation to create a “virtual model” of a project has only recently matured to the point where a true computer generated design of a building, including all of its components, can be shared among all participants in the construction process


  • Resource Legal/Contract Issues

    A series of documents covering legal and contract issues with building information management


  • Resource SMACNA Member Successful BIM Projects

    A series of stories highlighting successful BIM projects from SMACNA members.


  • Resource Real Life BIM - A Case Study Series

    A three-part case study series about real life building information modeling.


  • Resource BIMTALK

    Resources to join the BIMTALK list serve


  • Resource SMACNA BIM Primer

    Building information modeling or BIM and Integrated project delivery (IPD) are the latest in a long line of trends slated to transform the construction industry. However, BIM and IPD processes have been proven time and time again on many mainstream and highly complicated projects. To date, companies who have been utilizing BIM and IPD processes on their projects have claimed ROI's of over 500% and this in the early stages of BIM development


  • Resource Building Information Modeling, Integrated Project Delivery by Brad Johnson—2009 SMACNA Annual Convention


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