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A Connected World

Since the first publication of BIG-BIM little-bim, there has been a groundswell of professionals and stakeholders experiencing their first work with information modeling systems. These modeling systems offer significant improvements in visualizing and documenting projects. There are some obvious benefits to users, and that is where most focus their attention.

That is where they see the fast return on investment, and that is where most stay, often missing the larger opportunities. Too few have continued to aggressively develop more connected tools and processes.

This approach to BIM continues Industrial Age, assembly line thinking, where work went step-by-step, relying on semi-skilled workers. Find a problem in need of a solution. Identify a tool or process to deliver the solution. Implement and repeat.

Part of being a professional is the ability to share information in ways that make it possible to gain benefit from connections and accessible data. There are many ways to share and profit from the lifecycle information you create and access. Conceiving the tools and processes you need and using them to exchange information is a core part of how you interact with BIG-BIM ecosystems.

The mobile world and the App Economy has created thousands of excellent tools that can actively maintain links to live information. Adding to this is a new class of purpose-built middleware systems that create bridges to live information and simplify the use of data.

These systems’ ability to support data as a living resource is today delivering on the promise of BIM servers described in earlier editions. Such systems are among the first, and most critical, components of any BIG-BIM ecosystem.