November 13, 2013
By Kirk Krueger, AIA, CCCA, LEED Green Associate, Principal, Director of Construction Services, HKS, Inc.

Building information modeling (BIM) is a powerful process used in today’s construction. Modern hardware and software give us the opportunity to review drawings from offices, construction sites and even airports. The information in a BIM model facilitates understanding the intent of the design team and communication with the contractor and specialty trades. 

Designing and building is a complex process that requires a tremendous amount of collaboration, dedication and hard work. Using the BIM process of gathering the right data at the right time and giving it to the right people can be very challenging. These days, accessing information is so easy that there is always the possibility of having too much information. There is the misconception that you “just push a button” and the model will give you the answers you need. In reality, it’s much more complicated. We need to maintain certain controls during the process. We also need team members with excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to think two-dimensionally on paper, then three-dimensionally in the BIM model and, finally, into the real world of a building under construction.

Read more: What BIM Means to the Construction Process

For more information, contact Kirk Krueger at or Judy Little at

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