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Building Information Modeling (BIM) Task Force
The high level view of BIM is that it is a parametric, digital representation of a building. When owners, designers and contractors choose to utilize BIM for a project, they are creating a database that represents these facets of a project:
- Physical components like walls, floors and windows.
- Non-physical data like scheduling, cost and specifications.
The information contained in this database is advantageously utilized for producing design documentation, enhancing coordination, and cost estimation.
Why BIM is Important
To be fully integrated into the architectural, engineering, and construction (A/E/C) community, the AV industry must be fully integrated into the design and construction process by using BIM.
Prior to the formation of this task force, designers, manufacturers, and contractors who used BIM created unique content that could not be seamlessly integrated among project stakeholders. The power of BIM comes from everyone working with standardized parameters, and can be more effective than traditional design and delivery methods.
The InfoComm Board of Directors approved the creation of the BIM task force to achieve these goals:
- Develop and promote the adoption of BIM guidelines for the audiovisual industry and BIM software/content providers.
The task force created products to help you get started with BIM. It will ease the challenges of entering BIM metadata into Autodesk® Revit or other BIM software.
BIM Task Force Members:
Mr. David McNell, CTS-D, RTKL, Chair
Mr. Harry Allison, CTS-D, Waveguide
Dr. Walter Black, PhD, VidCAD Documentation Programs
Mr. Michael Cukrow, Middle Atlantic Products, Inc.
Mr. Kevin Harrison, Stardraw.com
Mr. Todd Hutchins, CTS-D, Verrex Corporation
Mr. Casey Sherred, Acoustic Dimensions
Mr. Max Shirley, CTS-D, Newcomb & Boyd
Mr. Roneel Singh, CTS, WSP Lincolne Scott
Mr. David Wilts, CTS, LEED AP BD+C, Crestron Electronics, Inc.
You can discuss topics related to BIM on InfoComm's Building Information Modeling SIG (special interest group). The Building Information Modeling SIG is a comprehensive resource for those with questions about BIM, those who simply want to share information pertinent to the topic, or those who want to meet others interested in BIM. The BIM SIG, an open forum with more than 75 subscribers, is a great way to seek the answers and information you have about BIM from people just like you. To join, please visit http://community.infocomm.org/.