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BIM is an interactive design, modelling, structural analysis and drawing tool for designers, structural engineers, detailers, contractors, fabricators, among others.
At its most basic, it is a process to share and communicate information between stakeholders. This includes every aspect and element within and connected to a building in a 3D format over the complete lifecycle from inception to eventual demolition.
The implementation of BIM can offer the possibility of a sustainable competitive advantage through better design, cost control, material management, value management and early warning of clashes in elements.
Primary research clearly demonstrates that the early implementation of the BIM process at the design stage of a project can have wider implications for reducing waste, cost, the possibility of delays including defect analysis, etc.
The research also aims to explore the interoperability between BIM and other processes such as Whole Life Costing and Lean Construction whilst examining any effect they may have on the wider built environment and on sustainable construction.