A Virtual BIM Library

This page provides links to existing documents (particularly pdfs) that can be directly downloaded for reading offline as well as selected web published articles, downloadable conference output and printed material, relevant videos and a list of past survey outputs. For links to BIM content libraries see Links page BIMTalk has no control over (or responsibility for) the referenced content (and the links may occasionally break!). For standards (including PAS) see Standards and Guidelines.

Video shorts

  • A BIM life-cycle produced by Gary Ross provides, in 5 and a half minutes, the application of BIM - very jolly! [Spring 2014]

Downloadable reading

Printed Material

These books and pamphlets are available from vendors and may also be available in electronic format. These are not necessarily endorsed by BIMTalk

  • BIM in Small Practices: Illustrated Case Studies NBS, June 2014, Robert Klaschka (Editor) ISBN 1859464998. Aimed at small/medium architectural practices his book aims to bust bust some myths about BIM ie 'BIM is for large projects' and 'BIM is only for new buildings' with case study examples illustrating and explaining 'the use of BIM right at the grass roots'
  • BIM Handbook: A Guide to Building Information Modeling for Owners, Managers, Designers, Engineers and Contractors 2nd Edition Wiley – Chuck Eastman et al, 2011 ISBN 9780470541371 - One of the 'original' references updated “…a remarkably knowledgeable and credentialed team of authors has provided a sound, thoroughly researched and comprehensible review of the technology, the market drivers and the business transformation issues surrounding Building Information Modeling (BIM)” - reviewed by Kristine Fallon a US BIM activist
  • BIG BIM little bim 4Site Press – Finith E. Jernigan 2008 ISBN 9780979569920 “…a must-have for students, architects, landscape architects, urban planners, engineers, owners, facility managers, and contractors.” Reviewed 1st ed. (2007) by US based LEED AP
  • BIM Demystified RIBA Publishing – Steve Race 2014 ISBN 185946520X - “…aimed at the vast majority of people in mainstream practice. It is intended to offer an easygoing explanation of a subject which could be swamped by technical jargon and deluged with spin. There is some technology expressed in a form which the purists might find hard to swallow. Hopefully, for those for whom technology is not the main priority …” Review on Amazon - “Race's [book] is a more easy-reading book targeted architect companies ….I can recommend including Race in your reading list if you're serious about BIM.”
  • Impact of Building Information Modelling: Transforming Construction Spon Press – Ray Crotty 2011 ISBN 9780415601672 “…Read this now to understand that BIM is not just about software but about cultural revolution.” - Reviewed (Feb'12) by Richard Saxon UK Government's BIM Ambassador for Growth
  • BIM for Construction Health and Safety NBS - Finch and Mordue, April 2014, ISBN 9781859465288 “This is a good book for undergraduate students in the built environment to enhance their knowledge of current technologies and practices for better management of health and safety. Good practical, real-life examples are provided for clarification. I am very happy to recommend this book for my course.” - Reviewed Dr Roshani Palliyaguru, lecturer at Heriot-Watt University
  • BIM Content Development: Standards, Strategies, and Best Practices Wiley – Robert S. Weygant 2011 ISBN 9780470583579 “A solid introduction with carefully defined terms and approachable examples is well peppered with plenty of wise council nuggets to keep a seasoned practitioner engaged as well.” - Reviewed (May'11) by US Reader
  • BIM and Construction Management: Proven Tools, Methods and Workflows Sybex – Brad Hardin 2009 ISBN 9780470402351 - “…one of the few books on BIM that is written from a construction perspective.” - Reviewed (Nov'12) by US Contractor
  • BIM and Integrated Design: Strategies for Architectural Practice Wiley – Randy Deutsch 2011 ISBN 9780470572511 “…it really should be viewed as a guidebook for architecture firms that are considering - or that have already implemented and started using - the software” Amazon Reviewer 2011
  • Building Information Modeling: A Strategic Implementation Guide for Architects, Engineers, Constructors, and Real Estate Asset Managers Wiley – Dana Smith 2009 ISBN 9780470250037 “…Very good overview of the changes in the construction industry particularly as they relate to design firms” Amazon Reviewer 2009
  • Building Information Modeling: Planning and Managing Construction Projects with 4D CAD and Simulations McGraw Hill, Professional – Willem Kymmell 2008 ISBN 9780071494533 “…I picked up this book a couple years ago as I was entering the world of BIM in my professional life. I work for a major construction firm in the United States. This book provided me with a very through overview of BIM - Amazon Reviewer 2012”

Survey reports

* 2016 - NBS BIM Survey 2016

* 2015 - Business Advantages 2015 global web survey indicates only half of predicted year-on-year growth has been achieved with a decline in importance and below average predicted future growth. The perceived benefits of using BIM are seen as design improvement (69%), savings on design time (54%) and cost savings (34%), as well as faster response times to market (24%) (based on those using or planning to use BIM)

* 2015 - NBS BIM Survey 2015

* 2014 - 2014 CIBSE BIM survey

* 2014 - NBS BIM Survey 2014

* 2013 - 2013 CIBSE BIM survey

* 2013 - NBS BIM Survey 2013

* 2012 - National Federation of Builders Survey 2012

* 2012 - NBS BIM Survey 2012

* 2011 - NBS BIM Survey 2011