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Foreword

Foreword

During a long career within the construction industry, I have developed, authored, and implemented software solutions and new business processes for what is now called building information modeling (BIM). The projects have been as small as a few houses to prestigious multibillion programs. A common problem on all projects has been the ability to engage the whole project team and to have ready access to information and the virtual construction models—not just the designers and CAD operators, but also the non-CAD/BIM users.

In the early 1990s, a major collapse of the rail tunnels into the London Heathrow Airport during the construction phase demanded a new approach to construction and the collaboration of the entire supply chain to rectify and deliver the project on time. One of the innovative solutions suggested for the reconstruction project was to deliver a zero-defect, fit-first-time project, risk-free-from-delay set of production documentation. The use of a 3D project model (BIM) was part of the innovation; computer capability and power at that time was limited and what was needed to view the models was a powerful browser tool with a minimum power requirement.


  

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