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My Pet Peeve

Originally, when I thought about writing this post, I was going to link to a number of reputable sites that break this rule. Then I thought about it again, and decided to give these organizations a chance to clean up their act.

The offense? BIM model. If you are wondering what is wrong with saying BIM model, you too are guilty. Think about it: Building Information Model Model? Hopefully, this will teach you your lesson, and you can spread the word to the rest of the industry. What are you supposed to say when referring to your group of Revit (or equal) files that comprise a Building Information Model? Just try saying BIM, or the BIM, or even the model.

As for the organizations I referred to above, I will compromise: click!

12 comments:

Jon said...

My pet Peeve is when people say "Hot Water Heater" why do you need to heat the water when its already hot? It is just a "Water Heater"

Gregory Arkin said...

How about the 'BIM Database?' Isn't it the data contained within the model we're actually sharing and collaborating with?

Laura Handler said...

I'm not sure. We use both the geometry and the data.

I guess I just think that if someone wants to add something after BIM, they should think about how it really sounds:
Building Information Model Database?

I don't know...

robincapper said...

Phew, only once on my blog and that's in a quote from another site! :-)

My bank was Auckland Savings Bank, known to all as "ASB", rebranded to "ASB Bank". Yes, really.

They later saw sense and rebranded back to "ASB".

Eric said...

I think "BIM Model" is an attempt to separate the "BIG BIM" from the visual representation of a BIM.

Depending on how technical someone wants to get, I would end at the conclusion that BIM is a structured database for information relating to a building. It is a whole bunch of neatly organized 0s and 1s. When someone refers to a BIM they are referring to the organized structure of those 0s and 1s, technically not the visual representation that can be extrapolated from it.

Is there any standard way to refer to just the visual representation of the BIM? If so, they should be using that term.

Eric said...

I think "BIM Model" is an attempt to separate the "BIG BIM" from the visual representation of a BIM.

Depending on how technical someone wants to get, I would end at the conclusion that BIM is a structured database for information relating to a building. It is a whole bunch of neatly organized 0s and 1s. When someone refers to a BIM they are referring to the organized structure of those 0s and 1s, technically not the visual representation that can be extrapolated from it.

Is there any standard way to refer to just the visual representation of the BIM? If so, they should be using that term.

Chad said...

I have often heard people trying to sound smart refer to the radio adapters for your ipod as being a "FM Modulator".

Yeh... exactly.

Gregory Arkin said...

I did talk to one of the leading AEC/Revit executives at Autodesk last week. She agreed that BIM Database was the most accurate verbiage to use.

I don't care what people call it, as long as they use it.

I think AutoCAD should be called ManualCAD. Nothing auto about it.

Jason Grant said...

Laura,

I don't know if I have exactly the same view on this. I believe that the correct expansion of the abbreviation, BIM, is actually Building Information Modeling and not Model for the M. BIM is a process and a model is the output. If you were outputing the database into access then it would be BIM Database even though database is similar to information. When the project is complete I could see someone calling is a BIM Building meaning the process to create the building went through BIM.

There are so many time these types of things are done throughout the world... you can't sweat the details. People just feel comfortable with something behind an abbreviation.

truevis said...

It's okay. BIM stands for Building Information Missing.

MrCamper said...

I say, "BIM Dataset...."

Laura Handler said...

I can see how those things work. And I know the the M is often read as modeling, but we refer to it as model at Tocci. In any case, I just don't think that BIM Model works. Building Information Modeling Model?
Jason, you do bring up a good point that it is definitely one of those little details that doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things.