What is a Building Information Model? My interpretation is simply an information model of a building. It’s not a technology, it’s not a way of working, it’s the expression of a building as data. To the architect it’s a design and, hopefully, construction model, to the engineer it’s an analysis & fabrication model, to the owner it may include the economic model used to justify it’s creation and the operating model that will determine and manage it’s life-cycle.
Whatever your definition there’s a common factor in all these models. Whether digital or analog, they are all forms of information.
But what is information? The rather surprising answer is, “everything”, even you! Quirks & Quarks have a podcast (posted in Jan 08) of a forum discussion which takes the meaning of “Information” about as far as it’s possible to go. Its not really about Building Information Modelling but it does make you think. We are all information models, creating information models!
The Physics of Information: What the Universe Doesn't Want You to Know | CBC Radio | Quirks & Quarks
Physicists are not like you and me. That’s because they don't see the world the same way we do.
Take information, for instance. When you have a question or an interest in some topic, and you want more information about it, chances are you look for answers by reading a book, searching the Internet, or even listening to a radio program. But that's not how physicists view information. They want to know what it's actually made of. And that idea leads to a whole lot of weird and quirky views of how the universe works...