Materials, Lighting, and Rendering

BIM for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Curriculum

Key Terms

The following key terms were used in this lesson:


The process of creating realistic images of a model by replacing the shaded appearances of materials assigned to the visible elements with images of actual materials.

Model Category

A grouping that includes similar model elements. For example, tables, chairs, and beds are all members of the Furniture model category. Materials can be changed by editing an object category's style.

Object Style

Settings that determine how elements that belong to a model category are displayed if the materials are not assigned through the element\u2019s type or instance properties.

Lighting Scheme

A setting that specifies the sources of light that should be considered when rendering a view.