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A new study by Navigant explores the role, application and development of intelligent buildings in smart cities and the energy cloud.

Building information modeling (BIM) can help accelerate the transformation of buildings into smart, optimised intelligent buildings, as well as advance the development of smart cities, smart infrastructure, and the energy cloud.

BIM is the documentation and use of a building's data, from design to demolition.

The report states that the most transformative aspect of BIM is in the modeling and application of sophisticated new technologies such as IoT, and the interoperability of smart city infrastructures, utility grids, transportation networks, and the Energy Cloud.

BIM also helps operators offer tenants and city residents smart and value-added services within a wide range of markets.

Tom Machinchick, a principal research analyst with Navigant Research, said: “The foundation of intelligent building technologies is data and ultimately better information.

“Digitally documenting and integrating all aspects of a building adds value each step of the way.”

For more information about the report, visit How BIM Adds Value to Intelligent Buildings