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A selection of 11 BIM books for your summer reading


Take advantage of the summer to perfect or deepen your knowledge in BIM with a selection of specialized books? It is totally possible and accessible to all! Students or seasoned professionals, these readings will bring you a very useful knowledge to appropriate the techniques and evolutions of BIM.

Whether your needs are general, specific or organizational, you will find an answer to your needs in this selection of books in the field of BIM according to your professional category.

Here is the HEXABIM selection for your summer readings! Do not hesitate to tell us in the comments which book (s) have you already read and / or you plan to read this summer!

BIM: Manual for the management of construction projects: Guide to modeling, management and use of data

Yvon chabot - Zohra Fatima Grebici

This reference manual for the ETS Construction Project Management in BIM course is the result of over 15 years of the author's BIM practice. This guide to modeling, managing and using data is a practical manual for managing construction projects using the BIM (Building Information Modeling) approach. The translation of BIM by MDB (Building Data Modeling) takes on its full meaning in this guide through the use of the data structuring process and method required for the management and use of data. The objective of sharing digital data is to optimize the implementation of BIM uses as well as communication and project monitoring. This manual is divided into three parts. The first part concerns the introduction to BIM and data modeling allowing to deepen the BIM process, BIM data, BIM tools and uses. The second part examines the management of the data which is approached from the angle of the BIM management plan defining the BIM objectives and uses throughout the life cycle of the project. With the third part, the use of data, we deepen the notion of "Modeling" - a process or method of structuring data. More precisely, the structuring of the data making it possible to link the data or information with the geometry in the form of an object modeled by the designers, in a shared library throughout the life cycle of the project. The principle of data structuring is to associate with objects, model using 3D modeling software, data using 4D - 5D - 6D - 7D modeling software.

Off-site construction - DfMA, modular, BIM: building industrialization: DfMA, modular, BIM: building industrialization

Karim Beddiar - Aurélie Clerals - Pascal Chazal

In order to meet the growing demand for housing and the challenges of environmental transition, the building sector has no other choice but to industrialize. From this perspective, off-site construction has immense advantages. Reduced lead times, increased quality and safety, high level of energy efficiency, not to mention the possibility of reversible construction, this method of construction consisting of assembling prefabricated elements by industrial methods has considerable potential but remains underused in France.

This book, the fruit of the cross-vision of off-site entrepreneurs and a training player, allows all players in the construction chain to understand the issues, concepts, technologies and the impact of methods. industrial applications applied to buildings and cities.

Dynamo for Autodesk® Revit®: Design, Automate, and Operate Data

Ahmed Halim

Designed to learn to master Dynamo's visual programming interface and develop its daily use, this book details:

  • the visual programming, environment and basic configuration of Dynamo;
  • system interoperability and an overview of supported file formats;
  • saving and managing scripts, especially in the event of collaborative work;
  • data management in Excel by Dynamo - whether from Excel to Revit when importing or from Revit to Excel when exporting;
  • the selection and modification of the parameters of the elements of the Revit model.
  • the automation of repetitive tasks in Revit;
  • the use of Dynamo player and scripts for all users;
  • the modeling of 3D elements and the analysis of geometry;
  • the fundamentals of generative design or Generative Design.

Educational, full color, this book offers many practical exercises whose scripts are downloadable: automatically center the part labels in the active Revit view, export a list of parts with the program and project surfaces, control the height of the parts in the model, move several elements to a specific sub-project, model free-form roofs, randomly modify the widths of curtain wall panels ...

This manual is intended for all Autodesk® Revit® users who wish to evolve their business practices towards more interoperability and optimization.®-Revit®-automatiser/dp/228114481X/

Parametric families and advanced modeling with Autodesk® REVIT®: BIM tools

Philippe Drouant

Parametric families allow the development of solutions adapted to all the constraints of the project (tailor-made, Generativ Design, quantity survey, control, maintenance, etc.). Their mastery only depends on compliance with a few rules and methods that this book details and explains. Thus, this guide presents to you:

  • a reminder of the fundamentals (categories, parameters, notions of type or occurrence);
  • the particularities of the family editor;
  • the elements of the environment that make up the geometry of a family (construction plans, reference plans and lines, modeling tools);
  • the main principles of modeling which can lead to parametric (choice of template, parameters, categories and subcategories, visibility, levels of detail, materials, types, naming rules, catalogs of types, loading and reloading);
  • the specificities of nested families (such as luminaires), architectural, MEP and adaptive components;
  • the possibilities offered by the addition of calculation and logical operators with the formulas;
  • “smart” customizations for label and template graphics;
  • a foray into Dynamo for Revit® to practice handling these families, particularly on a path or on a face.

This educational manual, in full color, offers many tips and tricks as well as downloadable exercises that will allow you to model in a vacuum, to work with materials, to create a type catalog with Excel®, to model with nested families. , to model from a host, to place and configure connectors, to model a family of panels for a roof structure, to create a green wall by placement on a face ...
Whether you are a family designer, BIM Manager, Data Manager, architect, engineer or design office technician or even a student, this manual will support you on a daily basis to take full advantage of the business potential offered by Autodesk® Revit®.

BIM - Its implementation in the digital age

Guillaume Vilain

The year 2014, which will remain as “year 0” of BIM in France, marked the beginning of a real revolution in the act of building. Today in 2020, and everywhere in the world, it is rare to meet a building professional who has never heard of it. The challenge now lies above all in making these “beautiful” theories a reality, in the field and in any operational situation. This is the main objective of this book. Indeed, if more and more professionals know the general idea of ​​BIM, its realization in the field requires precise information whatever the problems encountered in their daily life.

The subject of BIM is multi-thematic and generalist by nature. Effectively collaborating, which is the essence of a BIM process, often requires knowing the professions of the people with whom we collaborate. This book thus contains a synthetic but exhaustive presentation of the many ins and outs that affect the subject of BIM, both directly and indirectly. Everything is covered, from those related to the digital revolution in which BIM is undeniably a part, to the social and societal repercussions that must be taken into account to ensure the success of any BIM project. It is by navigating quickly from one subject to another thanks to the numerous references inscribed in the text that you will be able to achieve a BIM collaboration worthy of "concurrent engineering".

My first project with Revit Architecture: On the way to BIM!

Pierre Navarra - Julie guezo

Does this architecture software seem too complicated to you? Think BIM is not for you? Think again by reading this very illustrated little book that will teach you how to model your first architectural project with Revit. By following the 7 steps, create your own plans, sections, elevations, axonometric views and perspectives, and already experiment with some quality renderings. Complete your learning with videos associated with the book and the augmented reality of the cover.

Who is this book addressed to ? To all beginners wishing to embark on the great BIM adventure. To students, interns, high school students ...

BIM law

David Richard

The book is centered on the BIM convention. BIM takes the form of a 3D model produced from a database. The latter, like the model, is the result of collaborative work between traditional players in construction and specific players (BIM Manager, AMO BIM, etc.). The BIM convention represents the summary document of this collaboration. It supplements the contracts already concluded with the client. Its content is essentially technical. However, in the case of a contract, its development requires a legal perspective in general, and in particular with regard to certain aspects, e.g. the contours of the collaborative dimension, the responsibilities of the actors, their contributory obligations, the rights reserved on certain data, the protection of personal data.

IPD - Using BIM to Support Sustainable Design and Construction

Gulsah Ozpercin

The construction industry is facing difficulties and challenges as it evolves and moves all over the stock arena. In particular, since 1960, the construction industry has experienced a more significant decline in its performance and the productivity of project participants than other industries. The high level of uncertainties and indeterminacy, the low level of data sharing, the complexity of the projects and the weak communication strategies between the stakeholders increased the risks of the projects. In addition, with the new issues and demands of sustainability, more complex projects were created by the multidisciplinary project team.

BIM and the evolution of practices: Engineering & architecture, teaching & research

Pierre Bourreau - Jacob Beetz - Collective - Régine Teulier - Sandra Marquès

Thinking about BIM through its different registers (creation, techniques and sciences) is today the key to successful deployment. Indeed, whether it concerns buildings or infrastructures, planned or constructed, BIM practices reveal operational and cultural issues. For all disciplines participating in the evolution of the built environment, the stake is therefore crucial.

While respecting the diversity of research conducted around BIM, the authors propose here to think of BIM as a place of debate and the emergence of new configurations within engineering and architecture, research and education. . Addressed to scientific and professional communities, we will find here a representative selection of research work - both accessible and rigorous - fully committed to the development of this multidisciplinary object of study that is BIM today and its stake. on the evolution of practices.

Python for Dummies


An ideal book to wind step by step in the world of programming in Python. This book will allow all novice programmers or computer science students to discover the basics of programming in Python, a language that can be used alone or with another language such as C for example. Covers version 3 of Python.

In the program :

  • Understand the syntax of the Python language
  • Design programs and simplify development
  • Data blocks, strings and dictionaries
  • Learn about procedural and object-oriented programming.

Real estate and sustainable building: Professional manual on the energy and digital transition (To be published in September 2021)

Directors and teachers of the Real Estate and Sustainable Building Masters at the National School of Ponts et Chaussées, the authors aim to provide professionals and future professionals with the elements that will allow them to develop their practices by targeting construction, renovation, management and use of buildings respecting ecosystems and saving resources. 

Designed and written by a vanguard of professionals targeting all players in the real estate / building sector, appearing at the time of the building recovery plan launched by the government, this manual contains concrete solutions to the use of funders, project owners, project managers, companies, manufacturers, local authorities, managers, operators and users. An objective enshrined in the energy climate law, carbon neutrality will ultimately result in the reduction of CO2 emissions, which is also one of the indicators used by the Ministry of Finance.


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