The National Institute of Building Sciences has published a comprehensive BIM guide for building owners to capture greater value from BIM technology. While this guide was developed for commercial building owners, architects and designers can use the guide as a resource to understand what BIM-savvy owners will expect in regards to model compatibility, level of detail, management, ownership, liability, and execution.

The guide provides owners with a documented process and procedure for their design teams to follow to produce a standard set of BIM documents during the design and construction of the facility, and for maintenance and operations of the facility upon handoff. Establishing the criteria, specifications and expectations in the design and construction process will help owners capture the full value of investing in BIM, while providing a uniform approach for institutional and commercial building owners to achieve consistent BIM requirements for their facilities.

The guide states it “offers a tool set addressing three broad areas the owner should understand in order to direct the project team to [get] BIM done right: process, infrastructure and standards, and execution.

Available as a free download, the National BIM Guide for Owners was funded by the U.S. Department of Defense and developed by NIBS along with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers and the Building Owners and Managers Association International.

Get the guide here.