Boundary spanning with BIM

State-of-the-art BIM tools connect participants from different disciplines in a construction project with each other through the development of a shared building model. Such a model is a representation of a building depending on the view taken. A building may, for example, be viewed as a set of spaces, as a sculptural form or as a set of force resisting elements. Depending on the view of the model taken, certain objects and their properties become relevant. The different disciplines involved in a construction project all need to establish and maintain their own views of the model, whereas they possess distinct, specialized knowledge and may operate from different locations. This requires forging links between knowledge at the boundaries of different professional worlds, which can be achieved through the use of human mediators or boundary objects. Read more