Historic Building Information Management (HBIM) is a flexible platform that can be used in a number of ways at historic and cultural attractions.

One of the neat things about it is the amount of people that can use this platform. 
 
We discussed in a previous post, the value of HBIM. Let’s take a closer look into who can use HBIM—and exactly how they can do it. 
 
When upgrading a landmark, architects, builders and engineers need to know about material properties including manufacturers, repairs, maintenance dates, craftsmen and related contractors, and codes applicable to different parts of a structure. These users can either quickly access basic information on the history and maintenance of an element, or go deeper and retrieve its complete archival record. 
 
For example, if the bathroom needs to be updated, architects, contractors and engineers will be able to see the bathroom in its present form, as well as all related plumbing pathways, which may have been different in the past. They can then look up individual details about components of the room. Perhaps the planners are thinking of replacing a historic bathtub. Upon leveraging the data from HBIM, they may discover that the feature has inherent historical value and must stay put to preserve the integrity of the building and its heritage. HBIM would be able to guide important business decisions to keep artifacts intact, and save time and money as well.  

The tool preservationists have been waiting for

Property stewards will be able to better manage their properties and structures using HBIM. The repository offers a single point of access for all applicable data as it pertains to a landmark.  
 
Having data on artifacts will prove essential for property maintenance and any renovations. It will also be useful in the event that a component of a building needs restoration, because the system will have all applicable information on specific artifacts and how to best keep them intact while sustaining their historic value. The insights that can be gleaned from HBIM data can prevent pointless work that could jeopardize the integrity of a building and cost more money than needed. 
 
The platform lets users retrieve specific information, which could be used to compile new programs and exhibits that focus on a single aspect of the site. It also provides a means to capture institutional knowledge that is often lost when personnel changes take place. 

High-tech historical education at your fingertips

Cultural information can also be displayed, letting users interact with the information. For instance, a visitor could look at photos of how a site used to look, or dig deeper into specific components of the landmark such as artifacts.  
 
Find out how you can use HBIM at your historic site— download the guide or contact us today.