Last updated Oct 20, 2018
The BIM Dictionary includes hundreds of Dictionary Items in English. Each Dictionary Item includes a Term and its Description. Many Items also include an Abbreviation and multiple Synonyms.
These Dictionary Items are available under an open license, each with its own page so it can be commented upon and referenced from other websites and digital documents. Many of these items are also used within BIMe assessment modules, learning units and implementation templates.
Below is a brief explanation of how these Dictionary Items are developed:
Each Dictionary Item is tagged with one or more 'concepts' derived from the BIM Ontology. This allows the search for conceptually-similar terms (e.g. Model Uses, Events or Roles) using the 'Concepts' drop-down menu.
Many BIM Dictionary Items are available in different languages as direct translations of the English (canonical) terms. New languages are added as new Language Editors join the BIMe Initiative. For more information about LOTE (Language Other Than English) translations, pleased refer to the 801in BIMe Initiative Editor's Guide. For a list for current Editors, please click here.
In selecting a definition, the editor is mindful that different people associate varied meanings to the same term; and that for every definition selected, there are many equally-valid selections. But for assessment, learning and implementation to be integrated, the Editor had to select or approve a single definition for each canonical term within each language.
The Dictionary does not include every term listed in Noteworthy BIM Publications (NBP)s. Common-knowledge terms, and term combinations that can be adequately understood using language dictionaries (e.g. Client, Payment or Construction Equipment) are excluded.
If an error, contradiction or a flagrant omission is discovered, please either add a comment on the affected term’s page or send the editor note through the contact us page.
Changes to the BIM Dictionary are logged. Major updates will be emailed to registered users and/or communicated publicly through the BIM Excellence twitter account @bimexcellence.
All are encouraged to add a reference to or link to the BIM Dictionary on websites and blogs. The BIM Dictionary logo (available here) can also be used provided it is hyperlinked back to http://BIMdictionary.com/.
Anyone is welcome to extract any number of terms and their descriptions from the BIM Dictionary to use on their own site or in a printable format (even for commercial use). Those who wish to do this must acknowledge that:
[All, The following, The above] "terms and descriptions are derived from the online BIM Dictionary (http://BIMdictionary.com/), an open knowledge-sharing project by the BIMe Initiative (http://BIMexcellence.org/). BIM Dictionary terms and their descriptions are provided under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License"
There are currently three variations of authorship for Dictionary Items:
To cite one of the above variations, please use the corresponding bibliographical format:
Types 1 and 2: BIM Dictionary (2016), Term(Abbreviation). Retrieved from URL or permalink, Last Accessed Month DD, YYYY. Example: BIM Dictionary (2016), Accreditation System. Retrieved from https://bimdictionary.com/accreditation-system/, Last accessed Aug 6, 2016.
Type 3: Surname, Initial. (2016), Term(Abbreviation). BIM Dictionary. Retrieved from URL or permalink, Last Accessed Month DD, YYYY. Example: Finnith, J. (2016). BIG BIM. BIM Dictionary, Retrieved from https://bimdictionary.com/big-bim/, Last Accessed Aug 6, 2016.
The BIM Dictionary is a Community Page and is part of the not-for-profit BIM Excellence Initiative. Unless otherwise noted or attributed to others, BIM Dictionary Terms and Definitions are provided under a Type X License allowing both personal and commercial use. Also, as of 2 August 2018, the BIM Dictionary is an Open Source project on GitHub