Building Information Modeling (BIM) is changing how "things" are designed. We're moving away from 2D real and digital paper to 3D designs that we can look at, change, and "virtually construct". Its unfortunate that BIM is called "building" because so many people think of it as only for "buildings", but it really applies to any "thing" we want to construct. BIM can be used to represent the finished building, but can equally be used to decompose a complex asset like a pump to virtually "look inside".
Even Wikipedia errs on the side of "buildings" with its definition of BIM saying:
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a process involving the generation and management of digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of places. Building Information Models (BIMs) are files (often but not always in proprietary formats and containing proprietary data) which can be exchanged or networked to support decision-making about a place. Current BIM software is used by individuals, businesses and government authorities who plan, design, construct, operate and maintain diverse physical infrastructures, from water, wastewater, electricity, gas, refuse and communication utilities to roads, bridges and ports, from houses, apartments, schools and shops to offices, factories, warehouses and prisons, etc.
With the ability to digitally represent assets and even their subcomponents, the process of "handover" or "commissioning" is now able to change from one of complex manual (and error prone) tasks to one of automated integration of the design and operations phases. In fact, if we approached this the way it should be, we'd actually integrate the assets into the asset management system as they come online, and at commissioning the operator would have full knowledge of the asset history and maintenance. We'd leverage the BIM models created to construct the building, maintain them during operations, and integrate them into the operations process.
We've enabled the import of the BIM model into Maximo and the ability to incrementally update the information as changes occur. Its now possible to leverage the BIM model throughout the lifecycle of the asset. We can visualize the asset in 3D, drill into it, rotate it, look "inside" all through the power of BIM integration.