For the construction industry, BIM (building information modeling) can provide a lot of value, but it also can be challenging to implement across a project team. As such, a number of organizations have created guidelines and manuals to move BIM forward.

Technology providers also provide guidance to help with the BIM process. As one example, the global design software developer Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc., www.vectorworks.net, Columbia, Md., makes Vectorworks, a line of industry-specific CAD (computer-aided design) and BIM solutions targeted to architects and interior architects, landscape architects and designers, urban planners, lighting and scenic designers, and product and furniture designers.

The company’s Vectorworks Architect 2015 product is a sight design solution with BIM, 2D and 3D concepts, workflows, interoperability with CAD/CAM machines CNC routers and 3D printers, a Rederworks rendering engine, and ability to import GIS (geographic information system) into designs.

As a follow-up to the introduction of Architect 2015 this past fall, Vectorworks has now come out with two updates to the company’s Vectorpress guidebooks, Vectorworks Architect Tutorial Manual, Seventh Edition and 3D Modeling in Vectorworks, Seventh Edition. The companion pieces to the company’s software provide training tools for experienced and new users.

While this is one example, a number of technology providers offer educational tools in order to allow construction companies to implement BIM effectively. What’s more, software companies also participate in standards to ease data exchange across the BIM process. Nemetschek, for example, is a member of the buildingSMART Alliance and Open BIM, which encourages data exchange between software vendors.

As construction companies continue to look to the future, BIM will play a critical role. However, ensuring the technology associated with BIM is used effectively is essential.

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