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Building Information Modeling

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.

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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).
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Prefab and BIM Expertise Video - MMC Contractors

This video showcases SMACNA member MMC Contractors ability to use Building Information Modeling (BIM) and modularization techniques to go beyond just fabrication. The company uses these methods that result in better quality, leaner schedules and lower costs.
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White Paper: The Business Case for BIM

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.
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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
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  • 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).

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  • Resource Prefab and BIM Expertise Video - MMC Contractors

    This video showcases SMACNA member MMC Contractors ability to use Building Information Modeling (BIM) and modularization techniques to go beyond just fabrication. The company uses these methods that result in better quality, leaner schedules and lower costs.

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  • Resource White Paper: The Business Case for BIM

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • Resource SMACNA BIM Educational Resources

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

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  • Resource The VA BIM Guide

    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.

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  • 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

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  • Resource Legal/Contract Issues

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

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  • Resource SMACNA Member Successful BIM Projects

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

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  • Resource Real Life BIM - A Case Study Series

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

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  • 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

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

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  • News BIM can “design out” safety hazards

    “Project preplanning” has always been important in order to follow an organized path to a successful project. In recent years, this fairly simple concept has grown into a popular tool to address safety and health in construction projects though the introduction of Prevention through Design (PtD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM).

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  • News Planning to do military work? You’ll need to know COBie

    COBie stands for Construction Operations Building Information Exchange. It’s the smarter brother of building information modeling (BIM)—a method to capture information electronically, avoid redundancy, and present a project owner with well-organized, systematic information on a delivered building. It will also save sheet metal contractors something very important—money.

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  • News Spatial Coordination BIM Guide’s author: Your competition is not waiting for you

    For David E. Quigley, the author of the new SMACNA publication on BIM, the guide represents an opportunity for specialty contractors to better make use of new technologies and practices associated with spatial coordination through the use of BIM digital data.

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  • Webinars SMACNA BIM Webinar Series

    This two-part SMACNA BIM webinar series will explore how technology has bridged the gaps between design, fabrication and construction to enable a fully efficient and compliant MEP BIM workflow.

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  • Webinars A Three Part Webinar Series: Advanced BIM

    The Advanced BIM webinars (series of three) include 1) Setting up Navisworks Files & Working with Clash Reports; 2) Communication & Meetings; and 3) Documentation and “Taking the Model to the Field”. Advanced Navisworks is designed specifically for SMACNA members eager to learn the essential concepts of 3D Clash Detection and MEP Coordination. Advanced Navisworks is designed for sheet metal contractors wanting to increase their knowledge and proficiency in Navisworks. This series of webinars will increase your knowledge of the software while providing information on how to leverage Navisworks for 3D Coordination and Collaboration.

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

    PDF of slides from Building Information Modeling, Integrated Project Delivery presentation by Brad Johnson

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  • Resource Integrated Project Delivery: Collaboration through New Contract Forms

    One of the worst-kept secrets in the construction industry is that the provision of design and construction services is egocentric and inefficient. Risk assessment is a dark art. Risk allocation is an exercise in economic Darwinism.

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  • 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.

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  • Resource Developing Meaningful Contract Terms for Electronic Communications on Construction Projects

    Technological advances in electronic communications for construction projects have leapt forward in the past decade, leaving those in the construction industry and their legal counsel scrambling to keep up.

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  • Webinars Building Information Modeling - The Key to Unlocking Your Future

    This webinar discusses the advancements in technology and how these affect the construction market. It covered the basics of BIM, how it benefits SMACNA members, and how it quickly gained a foothold among construction owners.

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  • Resource Entering the Brave New World: An Introduction to Contracting for BIM

    Building information modeling (BIM), or as some refer to it, virtual design and construction, is here, and its benefits for the construction industry are many and varied.

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  • Resource AIA E202 Building information Modeling Protocol Exhibit

    Sample copy of AIA E202 Building information Modeling Protocol Exhibit

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  • Resource ConsensusDOCS 301 Building Information Modeling (BIM) Addendum

    ConsensusDOCS 301 Building Information Modeling (BIM) Addendum: Not for further reproduction. to order, contact Consensusdocs at www.consensusdocs.org

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  • Resource BIM Links and Resources

    A list of links and resources concerning building information modeling

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