BIM, VDC and collaboration


“The best projects were always those with a good collaborative team,” said Roger Ferch, president of the American Institute of Steel Construction, at the recent BIMForum in Orlando, Fla., where he was speaking of successful construction projects. And that’s where building information modeling (BIM) and virtual design and construction (VDC) come into play. BIM and VDC help engender “love, peace and happiness” – as John Tocci, Sr., sees it – among owners, architects, engineers, contractors and specialty trades who can often be at odds and wit’s ends during a construction project.

That sounds great, but does it work in practice? If the attendees and speakers at the conference are the judge, the answer is a fairly resounding yes.

The beginning of a building project exists in an environment perhaps described best by HOK’s James Vandezande as “creative turbulence.” The planning and designing of a project – and its building information model – undergo various permutations and iterations.

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