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Journal Article (Refereed)
December 2008

Engineering-centric BIM

Wilkins, C & Kiviniemi, A 2008, 'Engineering-centric BIM', ASHRAE Journal, 50(12), pp.44-48.


Building information modeling (BIM) is the next generation of computer-automated building design. The theory is that all building data would be maintained in a single data format that allows all applications to share data with all other applications. This includes intradiscipline and interdiscipline data sharing. One example of interdiscipline data sharing is the ability to exchange data directly between the architect’s physical model and the engineer’s load/energy model. Another multidisciplinary application is automated interference checking (sometimes referred to as clash detection). Many readers may believe these types of applications are already in use. In reality, significant technical and process limitations exist, which are preventing full implementation of these and other BIM applications.


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Chris Wilkins

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ASHRAE Journal