Smart Cities

BIM: Beyond Building Construction to Operation & the Digital Twin

Building Information Modelling (BIM) has established itself as a key software in the fields of building design, construction, and more recently operation. Each new iteration of BIM software introduces features that open up new opportunities for buildings and compel the building industry to imagine what might be possible in the years to come. BIM is now laying the foundation for a digital revolution across the full lifecycle of the building. Since the early 60s, when primitive computers began emerging, we have strived for digital design applications for buildings. Each decade new software replaced the old, each driving the technology forward as more and more architects started using digital design software of some kind. These early systems brought drawings into a 3D world that was far more measurable and editable than miniature models. The founding of the Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE) at Stanford in 1988 by Paul Teicholz in 1988 marked a turning point for BIM. Teicholz […]

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