BIM Dictionary

A few of the most common BIM Acronyms explained.

The BIM environment is teeming with acronyms & terminology so browse our short BIM dictionary which provides some insight on the most commonly used acronyms. 

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BIM – Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a process that involves creating and using an intelligent 3D model to inform and communicate project decisions. BIM makes it easier to achieve project and business goals.

EIR – Employer’s Information Requirements. At the beginning the client needs to compile an Employers Information Requirements (EIRs) and most importantly understand it to ensure it is fully applicable to their needs. Pentagon can assess and scope out this requirement in order to ensure your needs are included at each detailed level.

AIR – Asset Information Requirements.  Define the information required at project handover stage to make sure you have the necessary understanding to best protect your digital information throughout the life cycle of the building. Considerations of what the business needs from the asset, and how the asset needs to be able to fulfill those requirements. 

PLQ –  set of plain language questions that client’s answer at each stage of a construction project to help better inform key decisions of the build.

CDE– Common Data Environment. A centralized data management strategy normally involving software to help control, manage & share Engineering Documents, Drawings & Data such as BlueCielo Meridian software.

BEP – BIM Execution Plan. The strategy behind BIM Execution Plans is a response to employee information requirements from a client.

PIM – Project Information Model is the model during the delivery process which then becomes an Asset Information Model (AIM) when it reaches completion.

COBie – Construction Operations Building Information Exchange. A formal schema which is key for the client to receive as a deliverable and other stakeholders to feed in the necessary information derived from the model.

IFC – Industry Foundation Classes is an important industry standard for the exchange of BIM data. The IFC data model contains both geometry and properties of ‘intelligent’ building elements and their relationships to other elements in a building model— central concepts of BIM.

We can provide BIM authoring technology, training, Common Data Environments (CDE’s) and BIM implementation & project services. We have a development team that write integrations from BIM Authoring systems to CDE’s and into Facilities Management (FM) systems when we know out of the box solutions in a software agnostic environment is limited.


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