Building Information Modeling


Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology allows facility planners, designers, and builders to collect and manage the great amounts of detailed data needed for building and campus design and construction. Using GIS along with BIM gives a spatial dimension into the building management and analysis process. It allows questions to be asked such as: Where are my assets located and how can I most efficiently place and maintain them? Where are the best locations for groups of people who do complimentary tasks? Where’s my energy usage higher than it should be and why?

Esri Insider Discussion: What About BIM?


Convergence Yields Smarter Facilities
Esri's John Young explains how GIS is being used to help operate and maintain buildings

The Next Frontier for BIM: Interoperability with GIS
Woolpert Project Director John Przybyla discusses how BIM and GIS can coexist. GIS places facilities within an existing context, while BIM’s focus is much more specific within the facility context.

Building Interior Space Data Model: The Link from BIM to GIS and the Foundation for an Existing-Structure BIM
Penbay Director of Partnership Development Ken Casazza discusses the importance of linking and sharing data models as they become more important and shared between industries and organizations.


Join the BISDM Group—an independent committee with members from both the private and public sectors, that shares information, ideas, and experiences about enhancing facilities management with GIS.

Building Interior Space Data Model
This data model created by Esri includes a logical and physical UML diagram that can be directly imported into ArcGIS.

Take the Introduction to ArcGIS Data Models free online course and learn how to successfully implement the data models that Esri provides.

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