BIM is a key part of the fourth industrial revolution (digitalisation) within the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry and an enabling tool for a cleaner and more sustainable build environment, writes Paul McCormack.

This has been recognised by the European Commission, and a number of H2020 funded Projects including BIMCert are focusing in providing training frameworks and support in order to upskill the industry.This article offers a summarised insight into how building information modelling (BIM) can actively contribute to the improvement of building stock and help the AEC industry to achieve sustainability and energy efficiency. We also explain why upskilling within the industry is a key requirement.

We can describe Building Information Modelling (BIM) as a method based in modern digital technology, mainly a 3D model data enriched twin, and associated set of auxiliary tools and processes, that can, among other things, be used to support sustainability trends in the construction sector.