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(BIM-837) Building Information Modeling - The Cost Estimator's Role

Primary Author: Mr Edward Keane CCC Project Management Services Inc.

Audience Focus: Intermediate
Application Type: Experience-Based
Venue: 2012 AACE International Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, USA

Abstract: Building Information Modeling is a term representing a new process or approach that is being widely implemented in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. If one works in this industry and has not yet heard the term, it is reasonable to expect it will not be the case much longer. The adoption of this approach to designing and managing projects is catching on at a phenomenal pace in the US and in Europe. The firms that have been early adopters of BIM are realizing its benefits and enjoying a competitive advantage as they work to secure and perform new projects in a much more efficient manner, from the conceptual design stage through project completion, and the operation and maintenance of the building. BIM continues to overcome the initial hesitancy among architects, designers, engineers, contractors and owners, by proving itself to be a powerful data management system and time saver. BIM is in its early stages of development and the tools that support BIM are being improved each year. The AEC industry will continue to reap the rewards as the tools and processes of BIM are fine-tuned.