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6D BIM, an acronym for 6-dimensional building information modeling and a term widely used in the Construction industry, refers to the intelligent linking of individual 3D CAD components or assemblies with all aspects of project life-cycle management information.[1][2][3][4]

The 6D model is usually delivered to the owner when a construction project is finished. The "As-Built" BIM model is populated with relevant building component information such as product data and details, maintenance/operation manuals, cut sheet specifications, photos, warranty data, web links to product online sources, manufacturer information and contacts, etc. This database is made accessible to the users/owners through a customized proprietary web-based environment. This is intended to aid facilities managers in the operation and maintenance of the facility.[5]

The term is less commonly used in the UK and has been replaced with reference to the Asset Information Requirements (AIR) and an Asset Information Model (AIM) as specified in PAS1192-3:2014. In some fora, the life-cycle management aspect is considered the 7th dimension, and energy, environmental, and sustainability analysis is labelled as the 6th dimension.[6][7]

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  2. ^ "Building Information Modelling". Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  3. ^ "6D BIM from Vico website". vicosoftware.com. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  4. ^ "4D , 5D , 6D BIM". Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Building Information Modelling enters mainstream UK construction market" (PDF). Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  6. ^ "The Theory of Evolution BIM 3D-7D". Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  7. ^ "BIM 3D, 4D, 5D, 6D, 7D". Retrieved 5 October 2018.