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Twin theory for construction

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BIM optimises planning and construction through transparent data flows

Large building sites may look like perfectly choreographed workplaces but the reality is that much of the choreography is done on the go, in response to problems caused by unforeseen clashes between different elements of the project.

Technicians screw sprinkler systems into ceilings without considering that underlying ventilation ducts have yet to be installed. Power cables are inserted in walls without leaving openings for outlets. And flooring is poured without leaving sufficient clearance for doors to swing.

Theses clashes inevitably result in delays, added costs, reduced quality, and irritated customers and are a chronic problem inthe construction industry.

The root cause of the problem is the lack of up-front coordiantion and…

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