Building Information Modeling (BIM)
NBIMS (the National Building Information Model Standard project), is a committee of the National Institute for Building Sciences (NIBS) Facility Information Council (FIC). Since 1992 the FIC mission has been to "improve the performance of facilities over their full life-cycle by fostering common and open standards and an integrated life-cycle information model for the A/E/C & FM industry." The NBIMS Committee continues this tradition by knitting together the broadest and deepest constituency ever assembled for the purpose of creating an open National standard for using BIM efficiently to empower building processes. The NBIMS Charter spells out the vision and describes the results NBIMS expects to achieve.
Introduced by Autodesk in 2002, the term building information modeling (BIM) refers to the creation and use of coordinated, consistent, computable information about a building project in design—information used for design decision making, production of high-quality construction documents, predicting performance, cost-estimating and construction planning, and, eventually, for managing and operating the facility.