The Uses of BIM

the Uses of BIM Uses

The Uses of BIM document, released in September 2013, is designed to communicate the BIM Uses classification system and BIM Use Purposes. The first portion of the document introduces the BIM Use classification systems. This is followed by a detailed discussion of the components of the classification system including the BIM Use Purposes and BIM Use Characteristics. The BIM Use Purpose Section includes a description of the objective of each of the BIM Uses. The BIM Use Characteristics section includes a description of the facility element, facility phase, discipline, and level of development. These sections are followed by a method for implementing the BIM Use Classification System. This method can be used as an alternative method to defining the Uses of BIM currently defined in Chapter 2 of the BIM Project Execution Planning Guide (BIM PxP Guide). (click the image above to download the pdf)

BIM Uses within the BIM Project Execution Plan

Twenty-five BIM Uses, organized by project phase of project development, were identified through numerous interviews with industry experts, analysis of implementation case studies, and review of literature. A summary level description of each of these BIM Uses is available on the BIM Execution Project website. The descriptions were developed to provide a brief overview for project team members who may not be familiar with the BIM Use, and to provide additional information that the project team may find valuable during the selection process. Each description includes an overview of the BIM Use, potential benefits, required team competencies, and selected resources that can be referenced for additional information about the BIM Use.

BIM Uses Diagram


The Frequency and Benefit of each BIM Use

In December of 2009, a survey was taken to help determine the frequency by which organizations use each Use and the benefit to the project of each Use. While the BIM Uses of 3D coordination and Design Reviews were both the most frequently used and most beneficial based on the survey results, all of the Uses in the survey are being used to a degree on projects and are perceived beneficial  (Kreider et al. 2010).

The majority of the survey focused on one two-part question: “How frequently does your organization use each BIM Uses defined in the BIM Project Execution Planning Guide and what is your organization's perceived level of benefit to the project for each use?” The first portion of the question gave the response options of 0%, 5%, 25%, 50%, 75%, 95%, and 100%, while the second portion of the question gave the response options of very negative, negative, neutral, positive, and very positive. Below is a graph showing both the Frequency and Benefit of Each BIM Uses and a table showing the ranking of the BIM Uses.


Frequency and Benefit

Bar Chart Comparing Frequency of Use Relative to Perceived Benefit (Kreider et al. 2010)


Table of BIM Use Frequency and Benefit with Rank Out of Twenty-Five Uses (Kreider et al. 2010)Ranking of BIM Uses


More detailed analysis of the survey results can be located in the conference paper: "Determining the Frequency and Benefit of Applying BIM for Different Purposes on Building Projects"

Ralph Kreider, John Messner, and Craig Dubler, “Determining the Frequency and Impact of Applying BIM for Different Purposes on Building Projects,” in Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Innovation in Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) (Penn State University, University Park, PA, USA, 2010),