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DBIA Updates BIM Resource

Written by Heidi Schwartz. Posted in Technology

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Published on January 26, 2012 with No Comments

The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) has released the latest revision to the Design-Build Manual of Practice, “BIM and Design-Build Project Delivery.” Developed by DBIA’s BIM Committee, a group of practitioners representing the full spectrum of design and construction disciplines, the chapter details how design-build teams can make the greatest use of a technology that is transforming the A/E/C industry.

At its core, BIM is a visualization tool, a detailed database, and a communication aid to enhance collaboration of the project team. These attributes have particular significance for design-build projects, because they augment and support a project delivery method that is already fundamentally collaborative. Because design-build is an integrated approach that delivers design and construction services under one contract with a single point of responsibility, design-build team members, as well as owners, are able to leverage BIM capabilities more completely and throughout the entire design and construction process.

This new resource illustrates how BIM can be used to add value to a project from very beginning. As early as the pre-proposal phase, owners can take advantage of BIM as a cost-effective means of visualizing what they want to build. There are many dimensions and uses of BIM that can further the design-build process, including integral cost comparison, energy analysis, and even 4D scheduling.

A first step in applying BIM to the virtual design and construction (VDC) of a design-build project is for the team to define the project’s BIM objectives and deliverables. In addition to project examples, “BIM and Design-Build Project Delivery” also includes a BIM Checklist and Guide for Design-Build that can be used by both owners and design-build team members as they make virtual design and construction a reality on their next project.

The DBIA Design-Build Manual of Practice (MOP) contains basic definitions, narrative instructions, procedural guidance, sample formats, and best practices recommendations as well as risk management guidelines, licensure data, and regulatory and legal information. As the only organization that defines, teaches, and promotes best practices in design-build, DBIA is committed to keeping the MOP a relevant and up-to-date handbook of design-build project delivery. DBIA provides the MOP free of charge to members.

About Heidi Schwartz

Heidi Schwartz

Schwartz joined Group C Media in April 1989 as managing editor of Today's Facility Manager (TFM) magazine (formerly Business Interiors) where she was subsequently promoted to editor/co-publisher of the monthly trade magazine for facility management professionals. In September 2012, she took over the newly created position of internet director for TFM's parent company, Group C Media, where she is charged with developing content and creating online strategies for TFM and its sister publication, Business Facilities. Schwartz can be reached at

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