cic bimprotocolBuilding Information Modelling (BIM) Protocol is a contract document, or in better words, an amendment to contract which takes precedence over existing agreements. It is a standard protocol produced by Construction Industry Council (CIC) UK with the support from BIM Task Group for the use in projects implemented with BIM. The document can be downloaded free from CIC Publications Page.

CIC BIM Protocol should not be confused with AEC (UK) BIM Protocols. They address a different perspective of BIM implementation. A good description on AEC (UK) BIM Protocols is found here. To avoid confusion, I would use the term “CIC BIM Protocol” to identify the protocol I discuss here.

CIC is a supplementary legal agreement by means of a simple amendment to be incorporated in to regular contracts of professional service and construction. The amendment creates additional rights and obligations for the client and contracted parties. However, this does not create additional liabilities between two different contractors. Thus, it doesn’t make contract administration complex. General principles adoption in drafting of the protocol has been mentioned as below.

This research is based on BIM & the efficient information representation techniques. This article will provide basic idea about both "BIM" & " The Usage of Efficient Information Representation Techniques"

Building Information Modelling ( BIM )

Building Information Model (BIM) is a rich information model, consisting of potentially multiple data sources, elements of which can be shared across all stakeholders and be maintained across the life of a building from inception to recycling Most of people incorrectly interpret that BIM is 3D CAD or an alternative for drafting software such as Autocad, Revit etc. But it is not.

ArboledaVectorwork presents Arboleda Open BIM Project which brings a good example of total Integrated Project Design Solution. The presentation which includes ten short videos offers great details BIM based project delivery workflow from inception to production information stage. Arboleda is a real-life project which was completed in 2011. However, BIM had not been fully utilised in the real project; only the Architectural detailing had been done using BIM tools. What they are presenting here is revisit to the design through the ideal BIM route to exhibit how the real designing could have been done more efficiently with BIM. The presentation is very much comprehensive covering from Architectural to Structural, Energy, Egress, and Quantities.

bb BIMBuilding Information Modelling, or BIM, is a smart choice for recording different information about a building; and is increasingly being adopted in building projects in many parts of the world. The level of success achieved by adopting BIM is affected by many factors. The nature of the procurement arrangement used is one of the critical factors affecting the success of BIM adoption.

monitorBuilding Information Modelling (BIM) is an important component in sustainable procurement strategies. With the rise in popularity, it is gaining the potential to be industry standard for building projects. By taking the digital design data to a new level, BIM promotes better integration and optimum use of resources for the sustainability in all aspects of construction.

The shift from traditional procurement systems, towards more collaborative procurement systems which are backed-up with information and communication technology (ICT), is becoming the new trend in the present day construction industry around the world. Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and Building Information Modelling (BIM) are the two most emerging and widely used systems to achieve this shift. These concepts are likely to be the new industry standard in the near future due to their collaborative nature, ability to implement sustainable procurement strategies, risk and reward sharing basis and high efficiency of construction by promoting dry construction.


Now that we are aware that BIM is rapidly gaining acceptance of building industries internationally, and is likely to become the primary industry standard for AEC information exchange in near future. It has been highlighted by many that the built-in intelligence of BIM offers the highest potentials for adopting lean approaches for project delivery, and minimizing of risks and uncertainties; enabling highly sustainable procurement systems for the building industry.

This article is not for pros. It is for those who are totally dim about BIM, just like myself a few months back. Now I am not that dim, and felt it would be good to share it in the same way I began to understand real BIM. If you already know what BIM is, don’t read this.

OK, here we go, ...  Assume that I wanted you to build a building, a security hut, in my plot of land. As we normaly do, I could have given you a set of drawings (and technical specification). But, instead of those, I give you a document which reads as follows.

cloudCloud computing is about provision of computing and storage capacity over a network, usually the internet, for users. Cloud computing becomes a handy model to overcome challenges in practical BIM implementations. Construction projects usually comprised of temporary teams. That is why a project organization is termed Temporary Multi-Organization, or TMO. Acquisition of permanent BIM infrastructure may not become economical, and might go waste at the end of the project.

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Tekla BIMsight is a feature-rich tool for online project collaboration. It can be downloaded free from Tekla and freely distributed, what makes it a practical and affordable solution for projects in which players of various calibre take part. I only had a brief trial of the tool. But the details on their site show rich features like IFC support, 3D Navigation, Measuring, and Automatic Clash Detection. Further, they provide an API for direct exporting of Revit projects to Tekla.

View their introductory video below.