Most of the projects and processes included in this site began with some type of process mapping exercise such as the Flying Logic Diagram above. Learning how to effectively consider the end need and deeply analyzing the process to achieve the necessary results is a hallmark of BIG BIM in practice.

The best way to understand what BIG-BIM is about is to delve into a BIG-BIM ecosystem to explore BIG-BIM as it exists today. This site contains workflows designed to help you in your exploration. Many of the case studies included on this site and the material in the companion book, BIG BIM 4.1, | Building Information Ecosystems highlight the workflows used in the reviews and projects presented.

The concepts and workflows (in BIG BIM 4.1, | Building Information Ecosystems) and examples included here focus on using the I of BIM to manage the data generated from many different sources. By exploring both, one can experience BIG-BIM for oneself. Use the concepts, workflows, and case studies to understand how one might create dependable, decision-making information, when and where needed.

Theory and conjecture are immutable parts of any discussion of BIM, for the possibilities are endless. It is hard to separate the real from the fiction, especially when BIG-BIM enters the picture. BIG-BIM seems elusive and aspirational. It is only natural to ask, Does BIG-BIM even exist? Some vendors and self-proclaimed gurus make it sound like BIG-BIM will happen at some undefined future date.

They would have one believe that today, only little-bim is possible. Other vendors and gurus proclaim that they have the one-and-only way to BIG-BIM. The same crowd too often equates BIG-BIM with big projects. Usually, these misconceptions occur because someone’s entire income stream comes from selling you some form of little-bim. Until one delves into the details and looks closely, it’s hard to dispute such claims. Study the issue and come to your decision about this topic.

To use the BIG-BIM workflows one needs access to a BIG-BIM Ecosystem. Go to the Recipe for Real-World BIG-BIM in the Special Supplement at the end of BIG BIM 4.1, | Building Information Ecosystems for the detailed recipe to get started. The workflows throughout the book and in this site address topics such as:

  • Creating BIG-BIM from spreadsheets.
  • Generating COBie spreadsheets from a BIG-BIM model… in one step.
  • Moving information and graphics from models created from spreadsheets to Revit for further development.
  • Moving information and graphics from models created from Google Earth to ArchiCad or Revit for further development.
  • Building data-rich lifecycle models on the web, with furniture, fixtures, and equipment, ready to use in the desktop tool of your choice.