Building Information Modelling, a new trajectory in developing Smart Cities

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Building information modeling is a process involving the generation and management of digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of places. Building information models are files which can be extracted, exchanged or networked to support decision-making regarding a building or other built asset.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is at the centre of a digital transformation of the construction sector and the built environment. Governments and public procurers across Europe and around the world are recognizing the value of BIM as a strategic enabler for cost, quality and policy goals. Many are taking proactive steps to foster the use of BIM in their construction sectors and public asset delivery and operations to secure these economic, environmental and social benefits. This handbook responds to the growing challenges faced by governments and public clients to
stimulate economic growth and competitiveness while delivering value for public money through the wider introduction of BIM.

BIM is a digital form of construction and asset operations. It brings together technology, process improvements and digital information to radically improve client and project outcomes and asset operations. BIM is a strategic enabler for improving decision making for both buildings and public infrastructure assets across the whole lifecycle. It applies to new build projects; and crucially, BIM supports the renovation, refurbishment and maintenance of the built environment – the largest share of the sector.

(Content from the EU Commission Handbook for the introduction of Building Information Modelling by the European Public Sector. Access a full text document from:

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