Introduction

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. A BIM is a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life-cycle; defined as existing from earliest conception to demolition (NBIMS-US, 2016).

BIM (Building Information Modeling) is an intelligent 3D model-based process that gives architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure.

BIM and allied quantities technologies provide opportunities for the project but also challenges for the project manager. As automation is increasingly used in quantification in the construction industry, BIM models will need to adapt accordingly to allow for more sophisticated management components that incorporate 4D time and 5D cost modelling and sharing these information with the project team in an integrated project delivery approach. However, BIM is just not about new software and technology. It requires an alternative way of thinking and a different approach to project procurement and delivery. It is an imperative to move from the traditional approach of project participation with separate information pools and incompatible software technologies to one that is totally integrated with a common platform where participants can share and work on the same information. The BIM is the ultimate tool for this (Smith, 2014).

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