4Q 2018

How BIM Adds Value to Intelligent Buildings

Building information modeling (BIM) has been in use since the 1980s under different names and guises. BIM is not a specific tool; rather, it is a collaborative way of using and sharing work products in the architectural, engineering, and construction industries. The essence of this collaboration is documented, accessible, and usable information that enables access to information during each step in a building’s life cycle, from design to demolition. The foundation of intelligent building technologies in today’s market is data and ultimately better information. Digitally documenting and integrating all aspects of a building adds value each step of the way. BIM can also help accelerate the transformation of buildings into smart, optimized intelligent buildings, as well as advance the development of smart cities, smart infrastructure, and the Energy Cloud.

During design and construction, BIM can be considered the first instance of the digital life of a building. The most transformative aspect of BIM is in the modeling and application of sophisticated new technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT) and the interconnectivity of a wider range of assets that include city infrastructures, utility grids, transportation networks, and the emerging Energy Cloud. It is also not just about efficiencies or energy-related matters. Initiatives that consider building tenants, city residents, and businesses can be coordinated in a holistic manner to provide value-added services across a wide swath of markets and constituents. 

This Guidehouse Insights report examines how BIM adds value to intelligent buildings. The study explores how early BIM adoption drives value through the building life cycle and discusses how it supports the evolution of smart cities and the Energy Cloud. Recommendations are provided for buildings industry stakeholders on how best to realize the value of BIM through the life cycle of the building, as well as reap benefits beyond the building itself.

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  • What is building information modeling (BIM) and how is it used?
  • What are the benefits of utilizing BIM processes and tools?
  • How can BIM enable more efficient buildings and infrastructure assets?
  • How will BIM influence the adoption of intelligent building and smart city initiatives?
  • How will BIM influence the progression of the Energy Cloud?
  • Architects
  • Intelligent buildings vendors
  • Smart city vendors
  • Building industry software vendors
  • Utilities
  • Industry associations
  • Government agencies
  • Investor community




Building Information Modeling Is the Beginning of a Building’s Digital Life

Understand Building Efficiencies before Construction Starts

BIM Provides More Than Design and Construction Efficiencies

Early BIM Adoption Drives Value through the Building Life Cycle

Facilities Operations and Management

Building Modifications and Retrofits

Simulation and Visualization of Intelligent Building Technologies

BIM Enhances Smart Building Data Lakes via Contextual Information

BIM Can Enhance Building-to-Grid Integration

BIM Tied to Infrastructure Is a Powerful Smart City Tool

BIM Can Support the Evolution of the Energy Cloud

Spend Early on BIM to Reap Benefits throughout a Building’s Life Cycle

Use BIM to Define the Course of a Connected Smart Building

Develop Strategies for Future Intelligent Building Value-Added Services Utilizing BIM

Eliminate Legacy Paper Trails to Realize the Most Value from BIM

Provide Impetus for Global BIM Adoption

Connect Building and Infrastructure BIM Models to Stimulate Energy Cloud Development

  • Building-to-Grid Integration Revenue, World Markets: 2018-2026
  • Roadmap of Building Information Modeling from Building to the Energy Cloud
  • Comparison of Life Cycle Costs between a BIM and Non-BIM Project
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of BIM
  • Sample of Global Building Information Modeling Mandates around the World
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