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BIM Guides

A list of BIM guides from around the world. They are categorised into 3 groups:

  • General: Provide background information or planning guidance on BIM and its application to construction projects.
  • Project oriented: Intended to be used as a binding document by project stakeholders to define their expectations and requirements associated with implementing BIM on a project.
  • Topic specific: Covers a specific aspect of implementing BIM. Generally not comprehensive enough to be used as project guidelines but, because of its detailed nature, could be referenced as a standard by them.

These categories are provided as an indication only - the interrelated nature of BIM and IPD means many of the guides contain elements of each.

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National Guidelines for Digital Modelling

These general guidelines are more a ‘Managers Guide to BIM’ - outlining the process changes necessary for
industry implementation - than a prescriptive
standard. Published by the Cooperative Centre for Construction Innovation, they were one of the first steps towards unifying Australian industry standards of practice.

The download links are in the middle of the text on the source page. 

2009
Australia

PDF 3 MB

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Australia and New Zealand Revit Standards (ANZRS)

These (topic specific) modelling standards set out practices for producing Revit model content and models of consistently high quality.

 

2012
Australia

PDF 270kb

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National BIM Standards

NBIMS is a general guide covering a number of topics. A copy of Version 1 of the Standards and parts of Version 2 can be downloaded from this site.

 

2007
USA

PDF 200kb

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AEC(UK) BIM Protocol v2.0

This project oriented guide documents a unified protocol for the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry in the UK. Comprised of a series of documents, it includes a generic protocol and others specifically for Revit and Bentley plus a model matrix.

2012
United Kingdom

PDF 270kb

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Integrated Project Delivery: A Guide

This topic specific guide, published by the Californian division of AIA, explains the principles of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and collaborative working practices. Read in conjunction with AIA E202-2008.

 

2007
USA

PDF 270kb

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US General Services Administration BIM Guides 

A series of topic specific guides that cover items such as spatial program validation, 3D laser scanning, 4D BIM and energy performance analysis.

 

2007 - 2012
USA

PDF 270kb

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Penn State BIM Project Execution Planning Guide

This project oriented guide, published by the Deptartment of Architectural Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, is an invaluable resource for clients and their project teams defining the scope and method of BIM implementation on their projects. The documents include worksheets and a BIM Execution Plan template.

 

2010
USA

PDF 270kb

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The VA BIM Guide - 2010

A project oriented BIM guide produced by the U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs for their consultants. Click on the 'Printable Version' menu for a copy. The associated Object/Element Matrix can be downloaded by clicking on the 'References' menu and selecting the 'Object Element Matrix File'. The Matrix is a series of Microsoft Excel (.xls) worksheets that defines a large number of objects and elements and their properties and Level of Development (LOD) at different stages in the building’s lifecycle. 

2010
USA

PDF 270kb

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Ohio State BIM Protocol - 2011

The BIM Protocol developed by the Ohio Department of Administrative Services. It is a general guide that outlines the department's expectations about the implementation of BIM by consultants working on their projects - now and in the future.

Click on State of Ohio Protocol. See M830-01-BIM Protocol.pdf near bottom of list.

 

2011
USA

PDF 270kb

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BS 1192 Collaborative production of architectural, engineering and construction information - Code of practice - 2007   

This (topic specific) British Standards Institution code of practice for collaborative working methods can be purchased from this site or from infostore.saiglobal.com.au.

 

2007
United Kingdom

PDF 270kb

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BIP 2207 Building Information management - A Standard Framework and guide to BS 1192 - 2010 

This topic specific guide to BS 1192 can be purchased from this site or from www.cpic.org.uk. It expands on the explanatory text of the standard.

 

2010
United Kingdom

PDF 270kb

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Penn State BIM Planning Guide for Facility Owners

This general guide, published by the Deptartment of Architectural Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, is to assist facility owners more effectively plan the integration of BIM throughout their organisation and over the lifecycle of a facility. It describes a method for planning and includes supporting tools such as templates and worksheets.

2012
USA

PDF 3.4 MB

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COBIM Common BIM Requirements 

This series of documents covers the BIM requirements for new construction and renovation, plus theuse and facility management of buildings in Finland. The 13 topic specific guides can be used individually or, together, as a project oriented guide. The minimum requirements for modelling and model information content are intended to be observed in all construction projects where the use of these requirements is advantageous.

2012
Finland

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Singapore BIM Guide

 

2012
Singapore

PDF 2.89 MB

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BIPS 3D Working Method

2007
Denmark

PDF 2.07 MB

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Statsbygg BIM Manual 1.2

 

2011
Norway

PDF 2.37 MB

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First Steps to BIM Competence

 

2013
United Kingdom

PDF 4.77 MB

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AIA Digital Practice Documents

 

2012
United States

PDF 208kb

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Georgia Tech BIM Requirements and Guidelines

 

2011
United States

PDF 734kb

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Indiana University BIM Guidelines and Standards

 

2012
United States

PDF 754kb

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New York City Department of Design and Construction BIM Guidelines

 

2012
United States

PDF 4.41 MB

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GSFIC BIM Guide

 

2013
United States

PDF 563kb

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University of Southern California BIM Guidelines

 

2012
United States

PDF 5.07 MB

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BIMForum Level of Development Specification

 

2013
United States

PDF 2.25 MB

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