MayJune 2008
Industry News

CSI Introduces Web-based AudioCast Series to Address the Basics of BIM
The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) announced in May that it is launching an AudioCast series focusing on Building Information Modeling (BIM). The series, titled “bimWITS,” is produced in conjunction with the buildingSMART alliance™, and will draw on the knowledge and “wits” of experts working with BIM.

“BIM is an evolving technology that often is vaguely defined and little understood throughout the industry,” said CSI Executive Director and CEO Walter Marlowe. “CSI’s new AudioCast series will feature national and international experts who will clearly explain to average practitioners how BIM affects the way they do their jobs.”

The series is available for free and can be found online at Episodes will be posted on the first and third Mondays of every month, and will run between three and eight minutes in length. The series also can be found via iTunes and through the buildingSMART alliance’s website at .

The debut episode features an interview with Deke Smith, executive director of the buildingSMART alliance.

“BIM is blurring the traditional lines among architecture, engineering and construction disciplines, creating a new view of the built environment and its participants,” said Marlowe. “This series will help every segment of the industry gain better insight in BIM, including architects, CAD operators, product manufacturers and others.” MD