Integrating BIM

by Arno Sandoval, NCARB, RA, CSI, CDTFor the past 20 years, the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry has utilized two-dimensional (2D) computer-aided design (CAD) documentation to define projects. Some advantages of this approach have included standardization, ease of use, and dimension-ability. Everyone has become familiar with 2D CAD, but it has some real disadvantages. A 2D project is difficult to visualize, requires interpretation by others with the potential for misinterpreting the design intent, and replicates a manual drafting process (low-tech), which means that information may be missing, inconsistent, or erroneous. The biggest disadvantages of 2D CAD are the great deal of coordination required and the lack of consistent information within the drawings. To continue reading this article, click here.