BIM for Heritage - Developing the Asset Information Model

Historic England began to consider Building Information Modelling (BIM) in 2013 and published their first guidance document BIM for Heritage – Developing a historic building information model in 2018. BIM application in the heritage sector to date has had a heavy focus on digital documentation of heritage assets however, for the benefits of BIM as an information management process to be achieved, simple and relevant guidance is required.

This new guidance is the second in a series of documents on BIM for heritage and focuses on heritage asset management, in particular conservation repair and maintenance, and suggests that the first task when adopting a BIM information management approach is to develop an Asset Information Model (AIM).

It is for owners, heritage trusts and others involved in the conservation repair and maintenance of heritage assets. It gives an overview of the BIM for heritage journey, heritage asset management and the BIM information management process. It will help owners and organisations consider how BIM approaches may be used in the planning and delivery of conservation repair and maintenance and provides guidance in developing a heritage focused asset information model and the required suite of documents to assist those wishing to adopt BIM information management workflows in a heritage context.


  1. Introduction
  2. Heritage asset management and CRM activities
  3. Establishing information requirements
  4. The AIM and CDE
  5. Classification Systems and Data Exchange
  6. Exchange Information Requirements (EIR)
  7. Understanding Parametric Modelling
  8. Where to find out more
  9. Acronyms and Glossary
  10. References

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 64
  • Product Code: HEAG271


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