What is a BIM object and why do they need a standard approach?

At NBS we were quick to recognise that the lack of an industry-wide standard for BIM objects was a barrier to the successful adoption of BIM.

The construction industry needs access to BIM objects that can be used freely, safe in the knowledge that they contain the right levels of information with the appropriate geometry, all wrapped up in a consistent, yet structured and easy to use format.

A BIM object is a combination of many things:

  • Information content that defines the product
  • Model geometry representing the product’s physical characteristics
  • Behavioural data such as detection, maintenance and clearance zones, that enables the BIM object to be positioned in, or function in the same…

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