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November/December 2015

At its most basic, BIM could be considered simply as a file-based collaboration and library management system of 3-D data — a way for the project team to share and store information (from architectural plans to site investigation data). Of course, standard version control is essential to ensure only owners and permitted users of data are able to carry out updates. Another level of BIM is to use the data from project team members to produce 3-D models of the proposed design to create a digital model (Figure 1). This allows the team and other stakeholders (the client and investors) to visualize and analyze the virtual prototype and show how the different components of a design fit and interact with one another.

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