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BIM is not a new concept in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry.
In May 2011, the UK government released a futuristic construction strategy for a reduction in the cost of public sector assets.
This strategy mandated construction vendors applying for government tenders to achieve BIM Level 2 to be considered. The strategy also pushed for the phased roll-out of BIM Level 3 on all centrally-procured projects by 2016.
Further, now the UK authorities mandate builders and designers to use BIM in high-rise residential projects.
BIM is a collaborative system that helps industry professionals in designing, delivering and maintaining assets throughout the entire lifecycle.
A system to outline the characteristics of a building facility, BIM facilitates knowledge sharing among stakeholders from conception to demolition.