ERIC Number: EJ798518
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Reference Count: 0
A Model Performance
Thornton, Bradley D.; Smalley, Robert A.
American School & University, v80 n9 p50-52 May 2008
Building information modeling (BIM) uses three-dimensional modeling concepts, information technology and interoperable software to design, construct and operate a facility. However, BIM can be more than a tool for virtual modeling--it can provide schools with a 3-D walkthrough of a project while it still is on the electronic drawing board. BIM can become a platform for collaboration when it is used effectively by all key members of a project team--the architecture/engineering firm (A/E); general contractor or construction manager; and major subcontractors, in particular, the mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP) and fire-protection contractor. Education facility owners and managers gain not only the decisionmaking advantages associated with 3-D visualization in the design phase, but also the time and cost savings that result when design issues and spatial conflicts among building systems are resolved before breaking ground. After the ribbon is cut, schools and universities can continue to use this technology in-house as a powerful facilities operations and maintenance tool.
Descriptors: Construction Management, Information Technology, Internet, School Construction, Models, Educational Facilities Design
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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