September 1, 2011

Electrical Wholesaling article – Welcome to the World of BIM

By Jim Lucy, Chief Editor

Imagine a world where you can click on any product in a three-dimensional blueprint for a construction project to access that product’s source of supply, pricing, maintenance and installation instructions, warranty, catalog cut sheet, and other pertinent technical data. In the rapidly changing world of building information modeling (BIM), this is a few miles over the next hill for most architects, engineers, electrical contractors, as well as the electrical manufacturers and the distributors and independent reps that supply the products. But with the help of some of the electrical market’s biggest BIM advocates, the groundwork needed to shape and organize the digital product information standards that will make this dream a reality is underway.