BIM has a bright future ahead of it, as it serves the industry with greater predictability, productivity, integration, and coordination, less waste, and higher value and quality. Furthermore, BIM is used during the building life cycle and supporting procedures, such as cost management, construction management, project management, and facility operation, which extends beyond the planning and design phase of the project.
BIM is set to become a mandatory practice in construction work in the UK, as it is in the United States, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, France, Canada, and a slew of other nations. Making it more and more important for the future generation of architects to learn to use this tool and understand its full potential.
So here are 10 books on BIM that every architecture student must read:
1. The Impact of Building Information Modelling / Ray Crotty
Ray Crotty’s book The Impact of Building Information Modelling focuses on two particular fundamentals: the failure to produce projects on time and on budget, as well as the failure to make a sustainable profit. He emphasizes how BIM can improve information quality while also transforming the construction industry.
This book also offers BIM-based solutions to these issues by describing the theories and methods that have been adopted in the US, UK, and other European economies.
This textbook is a wonderful read if you’re trying to increase your company’s productivity or if you’re a student or post-grad looking to learn about BIM.
2. Building Information Modeling For Dummies / Stefan Mordue, Paul Swaddle, David Philp
Construction Information Modeling For Dummies is your one-stop guide to collaborative building using one cohesive system of computer models rather than separate sets of drawings if you’re interested in getting involved in the world of BIM but don’t know where to begin.
Inside, you’ll find a step-by-step guide to understanding the drivers for change, the advantages of BIM, the qualifications you’ll need to get started, and where BIM is going.
3. BIM and Construction Management: Proven Tools, Methods, and Workflows / Brad Hardin, Dave McCool
A more streamlined, all-encompassing approach to building projects. BIM and Construction Management, Second Edition is a comprehensive integration guide that includes practical guidance, project-tested techniques and workflows, and tutorials for applying BIM and technology in construction.
This book, which has been updated to coincide with the latest software editions from Autodesk, Trimble, and Bentley, offers a practical approach to using BIM to add meaningful value to a project’s life cycle. This book outlines a results-oriented approach to construction management that demonstrates how to implement BIM and other innovations into all stages of the project.
4. A Practical Guide to Adopting BIM in Construction Projects / Prof. Bimal Kumar
This book takes a realistic approach to the important issues surrounding BIM adoption in construction projects. It offers an overview of the key concepts and problems distilled from various guidance documents, and it promotes understanding of the more complicated and relevant issues of procedures, standards, and protocols that must be in place for the effective adoption of BIM in building projects by dealing with the more mundane practical concerns.
As a result, it offers reader-friendly advice, allowing the engineer or student to fully comprehend the process’ ramifications and facilitating the application of the concepts and procedures in real-world situations.The author takes a balanced approach, blending enough background theory with practical ideas to ensure that the book is useful to practising engineers, architects, contractors, and clients.
For beginners, it will serve as a vital introduction. Compliance, project implementation plans, and learning outcomes are addressed in the appendices, which provide useful advice and material for BIM projects. Although much of the discussion is centred on the United Kingdom, it can be applied to any country where best practises are wanted.
5. The BIM Manager’s Handbook: Guidance for Professionals in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction / Dominik Holzer
The BIM Manager’s Handbook series focuses on the most important aspects of BIM management. By explaining what it takes to genuinely excel as a BIM Manager, BIM is brought to the next level. It focuses on how BIM Managers develop the necessary communication skills to ensure that information flows efficiently between the BIM Manager and others.
It shows how BIM managers link their work to cutting-edge BIM research and development around the world. Finally, this book explains how to cultivate BIM excellence both inside and outside of an organisation.
6. Beyond Bim: Architecture Information Modeling / Danelle Briscoe
Danelle Briscoe’s book Beyond BIM: Architecture Information Modelling explores BIM’s enormous design potential. Danelle Briscoe demonstrates this through a series of inquiries into constructed work analysis, interviews with leading practitioners, and high-risk projects.
Through a list of realistic benefits and hypotheses, this book shows an innovative take on modern-day practices. This book is required reading for anyone interested in using BIM to improve building outcomes.
7. Big Bim Little Bim / Finith E Jernigan Aia
This book gives architects the tools they need to synthesise and reuse complex data, fix problems early in the design-build process, save money, and boost efficiency and profits. Jernigan is able to streamline decision-making, increase project visualisation, and achieve superior results during the design and construction stages by using virtual information models and cutting-edge technology.
The book demonstrates how to use BIM to solve design problems and apply an integrated practise approach to successful architectural projects.
8. BIM Demystified / Steve Race
It provides a user-friendly but careful explanation of a topic that is often swamped by jargon and deluged with spin, addressing BIM from the perspective of mainstream practices rather than a cutting-edge technical perspective.
This book will help people at all levels of practise gain a better understanding of the subject’s merits and broader application. It brings together managers and technologists from firms across the AECC chain to create better and more precious built environment intervention propositions.
9. BIM in Small Practices: Illustrated Case Studies / Robert Klaschka
BIM in Small Practices: Illustrated Case Studies contains succinct contributions from industry leaders who identify and analyse key topics for small practises, such as how to get started with BIM and how it fits into the new Plan of Work.
This seminal work will inspire small practises to take the first steps toward BIM implementation.
10. BIM Design: Realising the Creative Potential of Building Information Modelling / Richard Garber
This book shows how forward-thinking companies are using BIM systems to move design away from construction’s utilitarian issues and into a beautiful new future in the built environment.
Sadhu, R., 2021. 12 Best BIM Books You Should Have On Your Bookshelf | Plan Academy. [online] Plan Academy. Available at: <https://www.planacademy.com/best-bim-books-to-own/> [Accessed 17 May 2021].