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forth to provide comprehensive and accurate
information on the changing environment to
everyone that is involved or touched by this
The most effective way to influence an
entire emerging market, as it literally develops
and changes before us, is to have the market
come to us, to provide the mechanism for
the market to showcase itself and present its
ever changing landscape. This “pulling” of
information is best accomplished with the
development of a national or international
awards program that provides the mechanism
for both vendors and users to showcase their
accomplishments, but also the mechanism
to distribute this information to the broader
user base that will be desperately seeking real-world information.
The most important point of this article is
that designers and the construction manag-
ers who may be responsible for their aspect of
the building for one to two years do not have
responsibilities for the next 50 to 100 years of
the building’s operations, maintenance and
renovations. What is desperately needed is for
our buildings to provide the owner with infor-
mation on how it is performing: dashboards
that provide users with information on their
energy use on a real-time basis, improved
safety and health of workers, environmental
benefits to the site and community and much
more. Finally, this expanding application of
BIM, which would provide more information
on how buildings are used and perform over
their lifecycle, will be invaluable in the design
and construction of new buildings for the
The authors, working with a nine-point
roadmap proposed by Dr. James Jones of
Virginia Polytechnic and State Univ., created
a survey which results confirm the value of
the roadmap which, when implemented, will
ensure the evolution of BIM into a full building lifecycle tool. The survey results confirm
that concerted efforts need to focus on:
1. Creating education/research/certifications
that focus on owners.
2. Bridging the silos to alleviate the confusing
world of BIM.
3. Identify the clearinghouse for the best prac-tices/metrics/awards for BIM applications.
4. Creating business processes by re-engineer-ing/change management/best business practices.
5. Disseminating consensus standards.
6. Guiding the development of tools.
7. Delineating data lifecycle issues.
8. Assuring data maintenance.
9. Recognizing the model holder of record.
The authors and their collaborating organizations will continue to lead the implementation of the roadmap. Individuals who
can contribute and share their expertise are
encouraged to contact any of the authors to be
involved with directing the evolution of BIM.
1. “Development of a Research Framework for
Building Information” http://i2sl.org/docu-
Terence Alcorn, AIA, is principal, Alcorn
Associates. He can be contacted at terence.
firstname.lastname@example.org. Phil Wirdzek is Found-
ing President and Exec. Dir., I2SL. He can be
contacted at email@example.com
The authors would like to thank Dr. Jim Jones
of Virginia Tech for his contributions to the
initial framework document.