Bentley Releases New BIM Book

Software development company Bentley Sytems, Inc. (an AISC member) has announced the release of its newest title, Plain Language BIM, authored by Iain Miskimmin, one of Bentley Institute’s BIM Advancement Academy experts. The company publishes textbooks and professional reference materials for building information modeling (BIM) under the name Bentley Institute Press.

The publication is intended for beginners and for those with experience with BIM strategies to ensure all professionals are thoroughly prepared to be part of industry efforts focused on advancing BIM.

Plain Language BIM condenses years of experience and lessons learned from Bentley Institute’s BIM Advancement Academy and guides the reader through the many complexities of BIM methodology by providing a plain language understanding of the concepts and building blocks required to deliver an effective strategy. It demonstrates why gathering data about the asset is vital to the BIM process, and why trustworthy and reliable information, delivered in an understandable and consumable manner, is essential for effective decision making—upgrading, augmenting, replacing, decommissioning, or leaving assets as they are.

The book also explores three elements in creating good BIM practices: people, process and technology. It explains how the combination of these elements plays a crucial role in the lifecycle of an asset and in delivering better outcomes, and also examines the “Eight Pillars of BIM Wisdom” that ensure best practices and world-class BIM vision.

Author Iain Miskimmin comments, “Current industry thinking in the digital world moves at a fast-changing pace. But the lessons we have learned in the BIM Advancement Academy and that we share with you in this book, are an excellent starting point for any individual or organization wishing to grasp both the high-level reasoning and the details of BIM.”

Plain Language BIM is available as a printed book at, and also as an eBook from Amazon and from iTunes.