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Interoperability for BIM: a structural engineering viewpoint

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In construction projects there are always many parties involved; the project owner, architects, engineers, contractors, authorities, suppliers, etc. "Many parties" mean a lot of redundant communication and repetitive transfer of data (design review and changes, details, bill of material …). An effective method of gaining efficiency and improving quality in the construction process is to make use of digital sharing of data. This is the essence of the BIM (Building Information Modeling) process and must prevent re-entry of data...