There is a view around that BIM is really about building projects.  In other words the ‘B’ in BIM stands for Building.  It is interesting therefore that the University of Plymouth’s School of Marine Science and Engineering should show more than a passing interest.  There is at Plymouth an enlightened view of how BIM is as relevant to them as to anyone in the more traditional places BIM is found.

A week or so ago the Department assembled nearly 60 post graduate students to listen to a presentation by Neville Glanville and myself on the BIM concepts Bentley espouses.  Bentley’s view differs from others in two major respects.  Firstly the BIM model is seen as a federated rather than a single model.  This approach overcomes many of the infrastructure and responsibility weaknesses inherent in the mainstream approach.  Think on the one hand about a single proprietary database interrogation and on the other hand a Google search and you will understand what federated means.  When you think about the nature of Plymouth’s professional focus compared, say, to an architect’s you can see why the federated model is a must.  The BIM model must take care of the diversity of information likely to arise in a wide range of circumstances.

Secondly, Bentley sees the acronym in a slightly different light which they believe better reflects the true nature of the subject.  The ‘B’ they will say means Building, but the word is a verb rather than a noun.  The ‘M’ stands for modeling and management. 

Therefore Bentley BIM is a short sentence and better defines the real intention of BIM’s raison d’être.  Building Information Management. And who is doing the building – we all are.  Across as wide a range of professions as architecture (mine) to Plymouth’s (Marine Science).