Historic Building Information Modeling (HBIM) is a comprehensive digital tool for capturing and managing information about a historic site, landscape, buildings, and artifacts.
This breakthrough technological platform, now in use at landmark sites such as Mount Vernon and the Lincoln Memorial, represents the state-of-the-art in managing the preservation, repair, restoration, and future use of historic resources. HBIM serves as a three-dimensional virtual file cabinet that enables users to access information about facilities and grounds intuitively, allowing for inquiries spatially as well as through a search function.
Quinn Evans Architects has pioneered the use of HBIM at historic properties. Our new guide, Experiencing Past, Present, and Future with HBIM, explores the development and use of this advanced technology to support the stewardship of historic settings. HBIM benefits owners and directors of historic properties, as well as facility managers, curators, historians, architects, engineers, landscape architects, contractors, and visitors by organizing and storing extensive data and imagery. Through careful, custom coding and cataloging that ensures ease of use, this robust, three-dimensional model reveals information spanning all eras of a property’s history, construction, and use, as well as the evolution of buildings and landscapes through the decades. The highly accurate visual representation also supports analysis and monitoring at scales and levels that have never been available before.