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Concept of Building Information Modeling

Helen Chen, Ph.D., PE

Building Information Modeling (or BIM) is setting a new trend in AEC industries. In July 2009, Wisconsin becomes the first state to require BIM on large, public projects. But what is BIM? Is it the same as 3-D geometric modeling of buildings? This course discusses what BIM is, why BIM is important, and how BIM benefits design professions, fabricators, contractors and building owners. It also helps engineers and architects gain insight into how BIM works and how BIM standards are developed. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

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