Over the last few years, with the recent implementation of the BIM mandate, we are seeing the start of a transformation of the design and construction process. The temptation is to focus on the technology. Indeed, the technology allows us either to do what we were doing but better, or to do entirely new things.

But the technology is significant in another way. It supports the relationships that the design and construction process depends on. With those relationships, it enables deep, well-structured and well-described collaboration. This collaboration can only take place within a standardised, information-rich environment.

That information-rich environment is now at the heart of best design practice and includes BIM objects, BIM models, practice knowledge and external…

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