New BIM compilation edited by faculty members Karen Kensek and Doug Noble

New BIM compilation edited by faculty members Karen Kensek and Doug Noble


Building Information Modeling (BIM) has been referred to as a disruptive force. It changes the way building professionals design, build, and ultimately manage a built structure. To this point, BIM has been used as a design tool, but the potential for more advanced use and integration into professional practice is forthcoming. Continuing advances in BIM teaching, research, and practice are resulting in new tools and improved approaches to software integration and collaboration approaches. Forty-four thought leaders from academic research and professional practice were asked to write essays that challenge us to reconsider what building information modeling could become and to rethink the structure and content of the tools themselves.


This book is an edited compilation of provocative essays providing a forum for these leadership voices in the marketplace of ideas about building information modeling in architecture. They provide clarity and direction for thinking about the current practice and the future directions of BIM, instigating commentary by foremost thinkers about both research about BIM and speculation into the future of BIM. The chapters cover a range of topics, from theoretical research that can inform future BIM performance-based design to commentary on current issues in BIM such as “single BIM” versus “multiple BIMs” and the role of materiality in the age of digital. By itself, or with the BIM Handbook (Eastman et al.) as a companion volume, the twenty-six individual chapters can be read in any order as each is a self-contained node sharing overlapping ideas with other chapters. They are grouped together thematically in six sections with others that present both complementary and sometimes incompatible positions:

  • Design Thinking and BIM
  • BIM Analytics
  • Comprehensive BIM
  • Reasoning with BIM
  • Professional BIM
  • BIM Speculations

In addition, full color digital material (PDFs, PowerPoint slides, animations) is available for professors to augment the use of this book in their classes. Case studies by architecture firms (AECOM, CO Architects, HDR, HGA, HMC Architects, and Morphosis), engineering firm (Thornton Tomasetti), contractors (Turner Construction and Hensel Phelps), and two faculty bonus papers, provide additional material that can be used in the classroom. Teaching material (sample homework assignments and syllabus) is also provided.

Chapter 1: Smart Buildings/Smart(er) Designers: BIM and the Creative Design Process
Chapter 2: Necessity of Cognitive Modeling in BIM’s Future

Chapter 3: Modeling Architectural Meaning
Chapter 4: Knowledge-Based Building Information Modeling
Chapter 5: Parametric BIM SIM:
Chapter 6: Models and Measurement: Changing Design Value with Simulation, Analysis, and Outcomes
Chapter 7: Energy Modeling in Conceptual Design
Chapter 8: Performance Art: Analytics and the New Theatre of Design Practice
Chapter 9: Automated Energy Performance Visualization for BIM

Charles Eastman, Georgia Institute of Technology

Chapter 10: Urban Energy Information Modeling: High Fidelity Aggregated Building Simulation for District Energy Systems

Chapter 11: BIM and the Predesign Process: Modeling the Unknown

Chapter 12: Analytical BIM: BIM Fragments, Domain Gaps, and Other Impediments

Chapter 13: One BIM to Rule Them All: Future Reality or Myth?

Chapter 14: Component-Based BIM: A Comprehensive, Detailed, Single-Model Strategy

Chapter 15: BIM Ecosystem: The Co-Evolution of Products, Processes, and People

Chapter 16: BIM, Materials, and Fabrication

Chapter 17: Communicating Semantics through Model Restructuring and Representation

Chapter 18: BIM as a Catalyst to Foster Creativity through Collaboration

Chapter 19: BIM and Virtual Reconstruction: A Long-Term View of (Re-)Modeling

Chapter 20: Managing BIM Projects, Organizations, and Policies: Turning Aspirations into Quantitative Measures of Success

Chapter 21: Space: The First (and Final) Frontier of BIM

Chapter 22: Translating Designs for Construction + Operations: The Future of BIM in a World of Material and Energy Scarcity

Chapter 23: Marx, BIM, and Contemporary Labor

Chapter 24: Beyond BIM: Next-Generation Building Information Modeling, to Support Form, Function, and Use of Buildings

Chapter 25: Engines of Information: Big Data from Small Buildings

Chapter 26: BIM and MetaBIM: Design Narrative and Modeling Building Information