BIM and GIS: What the Information is going on?
BIM and GIS are often thought of as separate tools for separate professions. Mike Shilton looks at how the two can work together
BIM and GIS Within a BIM model
We generally show objects more graphically rich but they are still based on either an instance feature, for example, the insertion point of a tree, a linear feature or polygonal area. Traditionally, we have used the graphics to describe the object by its appearance, so we draw a bench as a bench, we draw walls with foundations and copings and colour grass as green stipples. We can enhance this further by adding materials to emphasize the elements for rendering. However, with the rapid need to describe features better, we are now attaching extended data to the object, such as specifications, product information and maintenance requirements.