Feb 25, 2019 in Articles by

5 Myths and 5 Realities of BIM-GIS Integration

Chris Andrews  in a posting at ESRI on 3D GIS suggest that  “Advancements in storage, compute and the distribution of data on the internet will enable BIM-GIS integration to bring tremendous value to engineering project delivery and asset management and operations for built infrastructure and the managed environment around it.”  But to get there is a way’s to go and  the first step would be to explain away 5 myths currently circulating in conversations around  BIM GIS.

As CAD and GIS gained acceptance in the early 80”s  they “appeared to be overlapping versions of computerized tools for working with geometry and data “  yet they always remained competing tools for spatial modelling.

Fortunately, as we move into the 3d Geospatial world there is an understanding that to support concepts such as Smart cities and efficient urban growth , both BIM and GIS sit on a spectrum of available Geospatial tools and their integration is critical to reaching our sustainable development goals.

 To assist in the integration and acceptance of the BIM and GIS, Chris Andrews suggest 5 myths around GIS and BIM and explains them away.

In many way his first myth about what BIM is actually  for, cuts to the core of the integration problem – as he explains  BIM is not so much about the “  3D model”  but about the building of a system that leads to a better building and maintenance process for the full building life cycle.

The other four Myths he debunks are :

·       Myth: BIM automatically provides GIS features

·       Myth: There is a file format that can provide BIM-GIS integration

·       Myth: You can’t directly use BIM content in GIS

·       Myth: GIS is the perfect repository for BIM information


The full article can be read at :


Geospatial magazine has published along similar lines and article titled

“BIM vs GIS or BIM and GIS – Why are we still in doubt? “