Best Practices: Building Information Modeling, Interoperability, 3D, 4D, CAD
AIA Contract Documents, Integrated Project Delivery Documents
Offers Integrated Project Delivery contract documents for sale. Includes online tutorial, training materials.
American Institute of Architects
Integrated Project Delivery Guide assists owners, designers and builders in identifying the characteristics of integrated project delivery and provides guidance on utilizing it to improve design, construction and operations. Building Connections is an international clearinghouse for interoperability standards for and activities in architecture, engineering, construction, real estate; provides news and overview of standards activities.
Army Corps of Engineers, CAD/BIM Technology Center
Includes BIM articles; "Implementation of CAD Standard for Building Information Model (BIM)"; project profiles; BIM Road Map; A/E/C CADD Standard; software downloads; event listings.
Life cycle assessment products include EcoCalculator; Impact Estimator for Buildings software; database of the properties of structural and building envelope product properties.
Autodesk Building Information Modeling
Provides information about advantages of BIM in architecture; civil and structural engineering; design visualization; mechanical, electrical and plumbing system design. Includes technical videos and white papers on BIM applications; articles on BIM and sustainable, green design. Provides overview, features, online tutorials for Autodesk products that utilize BIM; overview of functionalities by industry.
Free Web service enables architects, engineers, other design professionals to quickly discover, preview, download branded and generic building information modeling (BIM) files, models, drawings, product specifications directly into their active design sessions in Autodesk Revit or AutoCAD software.
Offers technology applications for the A/E/C industry, including ProjectWise software that employs Building Information Modeling to connect data and information across teams, which is used by architects and engineers to manage, find, share, visualize CAD and geospatial content, project data, documents. Lists products by category. Provides product training, online seminars.
Discussion board sponsored by the Associated General Contractors intended to facilitate and accelerate the adoption of building information modeling (BIM) in the AEC industry. Provides BIM primer and links; registered users can participate in forum discussions. Includes archives of BIM Forum News, links to BIM Web sites, articles, topical subforums.
Operates within the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS). Promotes interoperability and full lifecycle implementation of building information models. Provides full text of the latest issue of the Journal of Building Information Modeling; overview of programs; FAQs; overview and visions; links to other BIM resources, projects, providers.
Monthly publication focusing on CAD and related technologies as they apply to architecture, engineering, construction, mechanical engineering, manufacturing, and geographic information systems (GIS). Includes articles and product reviews. Provides reviews of hardware and software, tutorials, tools, discussion forums, videos, calendar of events and CAD-related job search.
Center for Integrated Facility Engineering, Stanford University
Academic research center for virtual design and construction in the A/E/C industry. Includes BIM value survey results report, technical reports, working papers, videos, webinars.
BIM Addendum provides standard contract document for all project participants that addresses administrative, legal issues associated with utilizing Building Information Modeling and BIM models; tri-party LEAN collaborative agreements.
Construction Management Association of America
Includes full text of white paper on Building Information Modeling prepared by the CMAA's Emerging Technologies Committee; CM Advisor newsletter report on BIM adoption.
Construction Specifications Institute
Offers BIM Handbook for sale.
Continental Automated Buildings Association, Standards and Protocols
BACNet International standard development group encourages the use of BACnet® Protocol to increase interoperability in building automation and control systems through educational programs. Open Buildings Information Exchange works toward creating a standard XML and Web Services guideline to facilitate the exchange of information between intelligent buildings and to promote systems integration.
Digital Building Lab at Georgia Institute of Technology
Provides overview of BIM; classification of BIM tools; list of BIM tools; interoperability data models; references; case studies; list of courses and seminars; resources for AEC integration partners, BIM news and events.
Non-profit consortium focused on developing technologies to improve design, engineering, construction and maintenance of capital projects and facilities. Provides research reports; media library; presentations; tutorial on buying software; information about, resources for Capital Projects Technology Roadmap and profiles of active, proposed, completed projects. Includes research on selecting the best construction software, interoperability, the business value of BIM. Provides events calendar, media library, presentations, software vendor directory, RSS feeds, blogs. Capital Projects Technology Roadmap includes information on life cycle data management and information integration.
General Services Administration, 3D-4D Building Information Modeling
Program established through the Public Buildings Service's Office of Chief Architect provides program overview; downloadable Guide Series; BIM Champions contact list organized by region; technical and news articles.
Provides information about ArchiCAD Virtual Building enhancement, which manages information from the entire life cycle of buildings, and EcoDesigner, used to evaluate energy consumption and needs during early phases of a project to insure sustainability. Includes advice on successfully implementing BIM.
Green Building XML Schema (gbXML)
Developed to facilitate the transfer of building information stored in CAD building information models, enabling integrated interoperability between building design models and numerous engineering analysis tools and models. Adopted by Autodesk, Graphisoft, Bentley, other CAD vendors. Provides schema files to registered users, products, tools, discussion forum.
International Alliance for Interoperability
Provides information about buildingSMART project lifecycle management system that ensures exchange of accurate information on the built environment among all members of the building community. Gives history of the organization and information about Industry Foundation Class (IFC) Certification 2.0. Includes overview of planning, design, construction processes; terms and definitions; model view definitions, standards, design guidelines and open BIM case studies. Includes newsletter, software support materials, information about international projects.
McGraw Hill Construction Sweets Network
Lists manufacturers that offer SketchUp 3D models available to registered users. Links to their models.
National Building Information Model Standard Project Committee – United States
Formerly the Facility Information Council, the committee works to establish and manage through industry consensus national standards and guidance for all aspects of building information modeling. Includes information about BIM, memberships, committee programs; downloadable standards; discussion forums; resource guide; BIM news and event listings.
National CAD Standard
Uniform design document system. Consists of American Institute of Architect's CAD Layer Guidelines, Construction Specification Institute's Uniform Drawing System (Modules 1-8) and the Plotting Guidelines; part of the BuildingSmartAlliance of the National Institute of Building Sciences. Provides information about National CAD Standard; FAQs; guidelines for implementing standard; user forums; ordering information; list of adopting businesses, government agencies; news and events calendar; contact information.
National Institute of Standards and Technology, Building Environment Division, Computer Integrated Building Processes Group
Provides information about research projects on construction controls using 3D imaging and building information models; integration of building project data and geospatial data; virtual project data integration; visualization research.
OmniClass Construction Classification System
Construction industry classification system developed by the Construction Specifications Institute with input from others in the AEC industry. Provides a standardized basis for classifying information throughout a facility's life cycle, from conception to demolition or reuse. Registered users can download classification tables.
Open Design Alliance
Nonprofit organization of more than 1,000 software developers in 40 countries that develops the Teigha software development platform for CAD and other technical graphics applications. Provides information on Teigha programs; offers downloads of some programs developed by the alliance; other programs are available for annual membership fee.
Open Geospatial Consortium, Interoperability Program
Part of the Consortium's initiative to develop, test, demonstrate and promote the use of OpenGIS® Specifications. Includes technical documents that detail interfaces or encodings used by software developers in their products and services. Provides standards, specifications, models, best practices and research.
AutoVue visualization and collaboration software allows users to view and mark up 2D/3D CAD, plot, raster, hybrid and office documents throughout the project cycle. Can receive a free 30-day trial. Includes AutoVue support, onsite tutorials.
Product Data Standards for Structural Steel, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Contains Industry Foundation Classes; product data model developed by buildingSMART to facilitate interoperability in the building industry, a neutral and open specification that is not controlled by a single vendor or group of vendors and is a commonly used format for Building Information Modeling. Includes structural steel IFC resources and files; articles; research; sample IFC files, VRML models, design data.
Reed Construction Data, Building Information Modeling
Offers SmartBIM tools, including library manager file system for organizing and finding BIM content within Revit families; BIM object creation services; BIM product demos; BIM blog and discussion forum; articles; news.
Tekla Structures is a building information modeling (BIM) tool that creates a single-model 3D environment and integrates the delivery process for steel detailing, precast concrete, structural engineering components. Can view sample steel, concrete, combined steel and concrete models; online brochures; demos.
Triton College, School of Architecture and Construction Management,
Degrees provides information about associate degree in Building Information Modeling. Resources includes downloadable Triton Building Information Modeling Standards Manual.
Whole Building Design Guide, National BIM Standard
Explains building information modeling and collaborative efforts used to develop initial version of National BIM Standard. Can download overview and introduction to standard for free.
Wikipedia, Building Information Modeling
Contains definitions, background information, links to BIM resources.