Building Information Modelling (BIM) is the latest technology in the built environment utilising data models. It is a multi-dimensional model that acts as a communication and information resource over the lifecycle of a construction project. It consists of 3-dimensional (3D) design functions, cost estimating
functions and programming and scheduling functions. BIM will open up a whole new level of data sharing in the construction industry. This brings forth many advantages but also a list of risks and changes to the traditional structure of the construction industry. The purpose of this research report is to investigate the qualities of BIM and the influence it will have on the quantity surveying profession, through research of
the opportunities and barriers that it brings forth, and the changes to be made
and measures to be taken by quantity surveyors, in order to successfully incorporate BIM into the quantity surveying profession.
Thesis (BSc. (Hons)(Quantity Surveying))--University of Pretoria, 2010.