Examining 4D and 5D BIM Software Capabilities

This article was written by Richelle Fosu, a PhD candidate in the Computer Graphics Department of Purdue Polytechnic Institute, and published in the December 2015 issue of ‘The Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences‘. The article compares three software products: Synchro Professional, DESTINI Profiler, and Vico Office Suite.

The Journal of the National Institute of Buildings Sciences - December 2015One of the first projects to successfully link primitive shapes to information stored in databases – considered the beginning of building information modeling (BIM) – was the building description system (BDS) designed by Charles Eastman in 1975. Since then, industry providers have developed various versions of BIM tools, and their continual improvement is evident in the BIM technology available today.

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