Why Invest in BIM Content Libraries?
For AEC firms using Revit or ArchiCAD, extensive BIM content libraries that are developed to a consistent standard and specifically catered to creating quality project documentation are a highly valuable asset in the current commercial environment.
Conversely, an insufficient BIM content library, or one that is inconsistent in the way the content has been created, can be a major hindrance to adequately harnessing the efficiencies of BIM workflows. It can also have a significantly negative impact on their ability to compete against other firms who have superior content libraries and can produce better documentation, faster.
Most AEC firms have been gradually building their BIM content libraries over time without any overarching strategic plans or implemented and enforced procedures in place. Libraries comprising both ‘generic’ and ‘manufacturer-specific’ content have been contributed to by internal staff, external staff, manufacturers, BIM content websites (free and paid for) and ‘pilfered’ from project models.