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Uses and Benefits of the six high-level use categories of BIM

Updated: Sep 20, 2022



  1. Gather: determine the current state of assets, survey and capture information

  2. Generate: create, author, model, and specify information

  3. Analyze: evaluate, examine, simulate, forecast, and validate the information

  4. Communicate: uniformly exchange information between parties involved. Generate reports and documents

  5. Produce: support procurement management, offsite prefabrication, and construction logistics

  6. Manage: hand over full data and specifications. Use a basis of asset management data preserved for new projects


  1. Gather: structured up to date, reliable and complete information available for all project partners and stakeholders

  2. Generate: basis to uniformly develop, store, use and reuse new information used multiple times in other processes

  3. Analyze: makes possible the integrated prediction of performance at each stage

  4. Communicate: reduced miscommunication and failure costs because of the use of a common data environment (CDE)

  5. Produce: Improve productivity and on-site safety

  6. Manage: no interpretation of as-built documents reduces as-built survey needs, provides data for changes and new projects


Building Information Modeling (BIM) helps create and manage information models in a custom data environment that contains both graphical and non-graphical information. The information associated with the 3D Model increases as the project progresses increases.

The simplest way to explain BIM dimensions is that they are further details or pieces of information added to a model to help the project team better understand the model. They are the specific ways in which different data types are integrated into an information model. You get a better picture of the project by adding more dimensions of details, such as how it will be organized, its cost, and how it should be maintained.

It should be noted that BIM Dimensions are different from the BIM Level of Development. The level of development standards shows the extent to which a 3D model’s geometry, specs, and associated information can be relied on by the team members. On the other hand, BIM Dimensions are details or further information stored within a model, like its cost, time, and other factors.

This article will shed light on what it means to add different dimensions of data to a BIM model, how it works in practice, and what benefits can be anticipated.

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