Owner's Guide To Building Information Modeling (BIM)
The Pennsylvania State University
Building Information Models (BIM)
January 2011 - June 2013
Professor John Messner
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Steve Hutsell); buildingSMART alliance (Deke Smith)
National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS)
Owner organizations play a vital role in the effectiveness of a building project team by defining their needs early and by understanding how the project team will author and employ the building information throughout the planning, design, construction, and turnover work. From initial research it has been found that very few owners define their actual needs, nor realize how this information can be leveraged in their management systems. To maximize operational efficiency in the utilization of BIM, an organization must develop an understanding of the operating systems within their organization, and how BIM can add value to their day-to-day activities. The goal of this research project is to develop and broadly disseminate a Guide for Owners that will provide a structured procedure for planning and implementing BIM within their organization.