Building Information Modeling (BIM)
Civil Information Modeling (CIM)
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the latest technology to offer significant improvement in the speed, cost, and quality of facility planning, design and construction, and operations and maintenance. One eloquent description of BIM is an Intelligent Simulation of Design Intent. In more practical terms, the potential of BIM stems from its value as an interchange mechanism between the tools used to perform the various functions of the AEC industry (standards) and the ability of computational tools to manipulate the model directly, with or without human intervention (computable). In a typical BIM-enabled process, the data model serves as the principal means for communication between activities and professionals.