A paper has been written to introduce the concept of developing an industry standard coding structure for application to 3D design systems to create increased value from Building Information Modeling.

"The design and construction market consistently refers to the use of BIM, but recent research has shown that opinions still differ as to what BIM actually is. Owners, designers and construction managers as well as subcontractors and vendors all use, so called, BIM in a variety of ways. Most of what we see is actually for visualization and coordination/clash detection which is only the tip of the iceberg.

A 3D model, on its own, is not BIM. It is actually that modelĺs ability to store and transfer data relating to the design to other processes and systems that makes it important but, if that data never leaves the model where are the benefits, where is the BIM?"

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