Integrated Project Delivery
Within the building industry there is a growing interest in integrated project delivery (IPD) and the role building information modelling (BIM) can play in promoting integration among building professionals and improving design outcomes. BIM is the creation and use of coordinated and computable information about a construction project during and beyond the design and build phase.
Building information modelling covers geometry, spatial relationships, light analysis, geographic information, quantities and properties of building components (for example manufacturers' details). BIM can be used to demonstrate the entire building life cycle, including the processes of construction and facility operation. Quantities and shared properties of materials can be extracted easily. Scopes of work can be isolated and defined. Systems, assemblies and sequences can be shown in a relative scale with the entire facility or group of facilities.