BIM - Building Information Modeling

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BIM (Building Information Modeling) provides the potential for a virtual information model to be handed from Design Team (architects, surveyors,consulting engineers, and others) to Contractor and Subcontractors and then to the Owner, each adding their own additional discipline-specific knowledge and tracking of changes to the single model.

The result greatly reduces the information loss that occurs when a new team takes "ownership" of the project as well as in delivering extensive information to owners of complex structures. It also prevents errors made by design team members as well as the construction team (Contractors and Subcontractors) by allowing the use of conflict detection where the computer actually informs team members about parts of the building in conflict or clashing, and through detailed computer visualization of each part in relation to the total building.
As computers and software become more capable of handling more building information, this will become even more pronounced than it is in current design and construction projects.
This error reduction is a great part of cost savings realized by all members of a project. Reduction in time required to complete construction directly contributes to the cost savings numbers as well. It's important to realize that this decrease can only be accomplished if the models are sufficiently developed in the Design Development phase.

Unit 1: BIM 101 - An Introduction to Building Information Modeling 3rd Edition

This course provides an overview of BIM terminology and practices while introducing important concepts necessary to understand how BIM is changing the construction process.

Following successful completion of Unit 1, participants will have the ability to:

  • Recognize the importance of BIM;
  • Define common BIM terminology;
  • Discuss how BIM can be used as a communication and collaboration tool;
  • Explain the benefits of BIM;
  • Explain the federated model process;
  • Compare examples of successful BIM usage;
  • Discuss issues associated with starting BIM; and
  • Create a company BIM assessment.

Unit 2: BIM Technology 3rd Edition

This course provides a neutral introduction to BIM tools. Throughout the course, tools are introduced as they relate to the functions they perform, as well as particular phases in a project where they have the strongest capabilities. By understanding these differences, it is possible for each attendee to determine what questions need to be asked prior to making an investment in technology.

Following successful completion of Unit 2, participants will have the ability to:

  • Explain the phased structure of a BIM project;
  • Discuss the classes of BIM tools;
  • List the more common BIM applications;
  • Describe how the use of BIM tools needs to be planned and organized;
  • Explain the need to embed tools into processes; and
  • Develop a process for identifying and selecting BIM tools.

Unit 3: BIM  Project Execution Planning

Examine BIM and contract terminology to determine best practices for integrating BIM use into project contracts, as well as hot-button issues such as standard of care, intellectual property rights, and insurance and surety bonding coverage to help participants become BIM champions within their organizations.

Following successful completion of Unit 3, participants will have the ability to:

  • Explain contract liability and standards of care related to BIM
  • Negotiate BIM Addendum terms for BIM Execution Plan development
  • Use BIM contract negotiation to establish proactive collaborative BIM
  • Identify intellectual property rights and licensing issues related to Model use
  • Recognize BIM coverage limitations in existing insurance and bond products
  • Devise fair risk allocation and management responsibility provisions on BIM projects

Unit 4: BIM Process, Adoption, and Integration

Provide a foundation for participants to establish and execute the BIM process, facilitate its adoption, and achieve integration on a single project and at a company level to execute multiple BIM projects simultaneously.

Following successful completion of Unit 4, participants will have the ability to:

  • Define process, adoption, and integration as related to BIM implementation
  • Describe why BIM is a disruptive practice today
  • Identify reactive and proactive BIM outcomes
  • Evaluate and select process options for a specific BIM project
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of participants in the BIM process
  • Identify consistent factors influencing BIM Return on Investment (ROI) at the project and the company levels
  • Communicate the BIM process to management, colleagues, and project stakeholders
  • Outline a process for BIM adoption and implementation at the project and the company levels



The AGC Certificate of Management-Building Information Modeling (CM-BIM) is an assessment-based certificate credential that denotes knowledge and understanding of concepts related to BIM adoption, practice and process transformation outlined in the AGC BIM Education Program. Successful candidates will carry the CM-BIM designation.

Eligibility Requirements: CM-BIM candidates must successfully complete the four AGC BIM Education Program courses, provide AGC with record to completion and have approved application in advance of exam administration.

The CM-BIM application is now available to candidates.Please fill out the application once you have completed the four mandatory courses, applications will not be processed if all units have not been completed by application date.

Exam Information: Please see the appropriate Candidate Guide for detailed information needed to prepare for the CM-BIM exam.

For candidates who have taken the first edition of BIM EP Units 1-4, please see the Original CM-BIM Candidate Guide.

For those who have taken revised BIM courses, including the second edition of Units 1 & 2, please see the Revised CM-BIM Candidate Guide for further details.

Fees: All fees total $550 and will be collected at one time after the candidate application is reviewed and approved. This includes a $100 application and technology fee and $450 exam fee.

BIM Training

“Hi, my name is Craig McIntyre and I have achieved my CM-BIM through the AGC – Maryland Chapter. It was a little bit of a drive for me since I live in PA but it was well worth it. Sue Battey was my coordinator that helped me every step of the way from getting my classes scheduled to getting me the class workbooks to even helping me out  with financial coordination. The AGC instructors were top notch. They were very knowledgeable and detail oriented and always kept the class on task. They even brought in a professional lawyer to give instruction on real world scenarios pertaining to BIM Law. So if you are looking to get certified in BIM and have an edge on your competitors when it comes to BIM, then Sue Battey at AGC – Maryland Chapter is the person to see. She is very eager to assist you in whatever you may need to get your own CM-BIM certification. Then you will see why AGC and its CM-BIM courses have become a national standard and are now on track to become an international BIM standard”

-Craig McIntyre, CM-BIM AECOM

Sue Battey
Phone: (410) 321-7870