New BIM book by faculty member Karen Kensek

New BIM book by faculty member Karen Kensek


The growing acceptance of building information modeling (BIM) is an acknowledgement that the building industry has fundamentally changed. Documentation is no longer a set of paper-based two-dimensional orthographic projection drawings, but live views from a three-dimensional virtual model.  The building information model (referred to as the BIM) is a three dimensional geometric model that is data rich.  The information contained within it can be used for other purposes such as predicting energy consumption, structural performance, cost, scheduling, clashes between systems during preconstruction, and can even be leveraged for facilities management uses.  Entire suites of software theoretically can hook into the virtual building description for specialized uses.


This book addresses many key roles that BIM is playing in shaping professional offices and project delivery processes.  Building Information Modeling is a professional design guide for architects, engineers, and contractors (and students!) concerning the principles and specific applications of BIM.  It is useful for professionals with varying exposure to BIM software and processes.  Those wishing to understand how to make the transition from CAD to BIM will benefit as well those looking to push the boundaries of digital technologies.  The book is divided into two parts: Fundamentals and Application.


Part 1, Fundamentals, defines terms, explores issues, and products future opportunities that BIM offers.  Many key ideas are introduced including parametrics, the roles of BIM for different stakeholders, the single model versus federated models, the BIM Execution Plan, and what is on the computing horizon.  It is subdivided into five chapters: BIM overview, stakeholders and BIM's many roles, data exchange and interoperability, BIM implementation, and beyond basic BIM.


Part 2, Application: project case studies, focuses on specific examples of how BIM is actually being implemented and successfully integrated into four offices.  These firms provide vignettes on specific buildings that show successes and missed opportunities and give advice to other professionals.  The architecture and construction firms were asked to describe a project, explain their experiences with BIM, discuss successes and opportunities to improve, and give advice about what they might have down differently. The four case studies are

  • designLAB Architectures: Small BIM tames big Brutalism
  • ZGF: BIM in transition - making the leap at a large firm
  • CASE: Building information coordinators
  • Mortenson Construction: Outstanding project success through collaboration


From the neophyte to the BIM-savvy, this book, from defining fundamental concepts and exploring new innovations, encourages everyone to learn more about building information modeling.