BIM Technical Standards

3D Imaging

3D imaging, also known as laser scan or point clouds, is the process of recording existing conditions into 3D point data.

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File Structure & Organization

When creating new BIM data, how this data is divided and structured is important in ensuring project collaboration and in establishing the foundation for the building information life-cycle.

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Grouping & Relationship

For BIMs to be useful as more than a basic 3D model, they must contain an inherent hierarchical relationship structure.

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MEP Color Mapping

In an effort to achieve consistency across files, GSA has developed color assignments for MEP systems.

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Minimum Attributes

At an absolute minimum, the following non-visual data must be attached to model data.

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Naming Standards

There are two distinct ways in which BIM design software platforms manage files.

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Parametric Components

Parametric components are dynamically changed instance-based objects. These standards are applicable to all forms of these objects.

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Referencing & Linking

An external reference is any data that is viable yet does not reside within a particular file. The practice of referencing external data exists within all major BIM platforms.

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Software Versions

To ensure that all team members across BIM-enabled projects are able to have access to the model, here's a list of what versions of software are currently approved for use on BIM projects.

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Last Reviewed: 2019-02-26