The use of building information modeling (BIM) is becoming more of an industry standard when specifying and designing projects. Traditional drafting methods and tools were two-dimensional designs either done by hand or using simple design software. While these methods historically were sufficient for most architects, today a greater demand for faster and more accurate blueprints has prompted a change in the design industry.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the history of architectural design tools.
  • Explain what building information modeling is and how it compares to previous design tools.
  • Describe how BIM illustrates the entire life-cycle of the building and not just a 3D view.
  • List the benefits to the architect, builder, and occupant when using BIM during a project.