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BIM Demystified (2nd edition)

Steve Race

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 144

  • Publisher: RIBA Publishing

  • Date Published: Nov 2013

  • Stock Code: 81044

  • ISBN: 9781859465202

  • Binding: Paperback

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Total votes: 9

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BIM Demystified is a short, practical introduction to Building Information Modelling (BIM).

Addressing BIM from the point of view of mainstream practice as opposed to a cutting-edge technological perspective, it offers a user-friendly yet thorough explanation of a subject which is often swamped by jargon and deluged with spin.

Taking a wide view of BIM – encompassing business opportunity, Code of Conduct, cultural issues and the necessity for better legal arrangements too – the book’s chapters range from the BIM ingredients (including objects, parametrics, and standards), to the business case for BIM and how to implement it.  BIM requires a shift in attitudes if its benefits are to be obtained – and this book will allow individuals at all levels in any practice to build a firmer understanding of the merits and wider application of the subject.  It aims to bring together both managers and technologists within businesses throughout the AECC chain to form better and more valuable propositions for built environment interventions.

New to the second edition:

  • The evolution of BIM the movement not the acronym
  • The impact of the Government initiative
  • PAS1192, COBie and BIM Protocol demystified
  • BIM and the RIBA Plan of Work 2013
  • BIM and the supply chain
  • Training and education.

Available as an eBook from our eBookshop. 

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About the Author

Steve Race

Steve Race is a Chartered Architect. As the former BIM Regional Ambassador he was instrumental in launching the BIM Hubs throughout the United Kingdom as part of the Government’s BIM initiative. He is currently a member of the Core management Team of the BIM Task Group. In 2012 Steve also delivered the RIBA’s national CPD programme on BIM. He has almost 40 years experience in the field of what is now called BIM, and is widely regarded as an expert on all strategic aspects of BIM; business, legal, process, standards, technology and education.

Customer Reviews

Mr C J Evison

Date Reviewed: July 2014

A good reference book on BIM. The book sets out and achieves the 'demystification' of BIM in that it takes the reader through the origins, the multitude of jargon and acronyms and finally to some thoughts on how the future may look. Although published by RIBA and therefore the content has a distinct feel that it is aimed at Architects and those working in the profession, others within the construction industry will gain benefit from reading it especially if they feel slightly overwhelmed by the multitude of articles and discussions on the subject. The book is divided into clear and logical sections and addresses the key topic areas of the subject. An important early message is that it advises the reader not to get hung up on what the letters 'B.. I..M' stand for but to put that to one side and focus on the fact that BIM is about all who design, build or operate an asset working in a more efficient and joined up way which benefits all. The layout of the book is dominated by text and the few diagrams generally aid the reader in understanding the points that are made with a couple of exceptions which can appear confusing. The summary of topics covered at the end of each chapter is a particularly helpful addition. Overall I would recommend the book to readers who do not have the benefit of comprehensive corporate awareness and training programmes and therefore feel that they are at risk from being alienated as others around them move ahead in their adoption of BIM in the way they work.

Colin Evison CEng FICE Engineering Manager

Date Reviewed: June 2014

The book sets out and achieves the demystification of BIM in that it takes the reader through the origins, the multitude of jargon and acronyms and finally to some thoughts on how the future may look. Although published by RIBA and therefore the content has a distinct feel that it is aimed at Architects and those working in the profession, others within the construction industry will gain benefit from reading it especially if they feel slightly overwhelmed by the multitude of articles and discussions on the subject. The book is divided into clear and logical sections and addresses the key topic areas of the subject. An important early message is that it advises the reader not to get hung up on what the letters B.. I..M stand for but to put that to one side and focus on the fact that BIM is about all who design, build or operate an asset working in a more efficient and joined up way which benefits all. The layout of the book is dominated by text and the few diagrams generally aid the reader in understanding the points that are made with a couple of exceptions which can appear confusing. The summary of topics covered at the end of each chapter is a particularly helpful addition. Overall I would recommend the book to readers who do not have the benefit of comprehensive corporate awareness and training programmes and therefore feel that they are at risk from being alienated as others around them move ahead in their adoption of BIM in the way they work.

John K. Eynon

Date Reviewed: June 2014

I've been talking about BIM for quite a while at various meetings round the country including for the CIOB and RIBA. I give out a list of resources most of which are freely available. Steve's book is my exception. I recommend it because it's based on the UK perspective, rather than being USA biased. It's in plain english, and so is relatively easy to understand. It's not too heavy, or too long, it's an easy read, and compared to tomes like the BIM Handbook its relatively cheap. So as i say, if you want to buy a book and start your BIM journey, buy this one, you can't go wrong. We're all learning here, and Steve has been in the industry for decades doing this stuff. I'm glad he put some of it down on paper for us to learn from. A good read, you'll learn a lot, and get an overview of BIM in the UK. That's all!

D. Wilson

Date Reviewed: June 2014

I bought this book because I am interested in the subject. I have just read it from cover to cover. However, were it not for a moral impulse to keep it out of circulation, I would resell it immediately. The reading is very heavy going - not on account of any difficult technical concepts (the book is almost entirely free of those). It is more a case of that 'wading through porridge' feeling similar to that brought on by some nightmare friday-afternoon powerpoint presentation. In particular, there is no attempt to bring clarity to the underlying BIM concept - namely the sharing of building information - or the structures and disciplines required to realise it. Instead the book endlessly recycles a small number of uncontentious platitudes such as how we should all be prepared to put aside our narrow prejudices in favour of a more collaborative approach to working with other people - the whole lot illustrated with diagrams that are almost laughably empty of content.

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