This BIG-BIM 4.0 Proofs of Concept site is packed with activities and guidance designed to educate and expose you to proven projects and processes that others have completed. These are the current best-practices in BIG-BIM. They point you to next-practices, guide your discovery process and allow you to experience and learn from the mistakes and successes of others. Understanding how others have used the tools and processes will help you calculate your potential benefits from the use of BIG Building Information.

Critical Capabilities

For many, BIG-BIM requires a leap of logic. One crosses the chasm by becoming educating in the principles of connected systems. With education, you find answers to questions, such as: How can something so complex and all-encompassing be easier to use than the familiar tools? How is BIG-BIM even possible? Especially when some technology experts tell me it’s a pipe dream? Or, something that will happen at some undefined future date?

BIG-BIM 4.1 gives you the field proven information you need to answer such questions, and to decide for yourself. The BIG-BIM ecosystem needs a central hub to manage the data coming and going to, and from tools of many types—a BIG-BIM Server. The hub for BIG-BIM ecosystems must address two critical issues:

  1. BIG-BIM should not impose hardware or software restrictions on users. Nor should BIG-BIM be limited to those with advanced training. Work takes place and is moderated using Internet-accessible, non-dedicated virtual servers, or cloud computing. Users access the system using any device capable of accessing the Internet. Desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones using any operating system are options.
  2. BIG-BIM should foster rules-based planning, connecting authoritative data of all kinds in new and unexpected ways. Smart costing systems, finding connections among disparate datasets, analysis of Big Data, and simulations to find optimal solutions take place quickly. The system must transparently provide access to the core data, and allow everyone that needs to use the data to visualize, manipulate, and maintain the information to achieve benefit in each use case without relying on the help of experts.

Without such critical capabilities, BIM will not deliver the things that people need in a BIG-BIM ecosystem. 

These issues are addressed at length in BIG BIM 4.1 | Building Information Ecosystems. The book is recommended reading for anyone learning about BIG-BIM.