BIMStorm Chronology

This page supplements the CASE STUDY: BIMSTORM.

BIMStorms began to show people what is possible with BIG-BIM. As BIMStorms have matured, they have evolved to include such things as community service and disaster recovery. Connecting the built environment into community programs and individual action accelerates recovery efforts and helps people to understand their world, in-context.

BIMStorms have also became drivers in the movement toward what some call Geodesign. With Geodesign the ideas detailed by visionaries such as Ian McHarg and Buckminster Fuller began to happen, as building information modeling in the cloud and geographic information started to unite. As the complexity of the built environment increased, this alignment has resulted in better, more informed solutions.

Decisions are made earlier in the process, with more accurate and reliable data. No longer does each area of technology need to operate in isolation. Multiple technologies and knowledge domains connect, to the benefit of all. The ability to interact with all systems and all areas of the built environment is one of the highest and best uses of the vast stores of data available.

The US Army and others used BIMStorm processes to plan the relocation and reorganization of military bases. Cities have used the procedures to prepare for the urban and community impacts of significant changes in employment and tax revenues. The California Community Colleges System, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense Health System, and other enterprises continue to use elements of BIMStorms to improve their processes.