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A book has just been published on Building Information Modelling for Heritage buildings, known as HBIM. In the chapter titled ‘Its BIM – but not as we know it’, Edwards Hart Director Professor John Edwards argues that BIM for heritage buildings is a long way off from becoming common place. John also makes the point that many building owners do not have up to date drawings and not enough funds to properly look after their buildings, so producing a BIM of their building is not a priority.

Whilst there may be an incentive to adopt BIM level 6 for those that manage buildings, this is also very unlikely to be adopted in the foreseeable future as many organisations haven’t event broached computer aided facilities management (CAFM). However, John makes the point that starting with the emphasis of BIM for existing buildings regardless of age should be the focus. Suggestions on a way forward is also included. Click here to find out more.