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BIM is still at the crawling phase in terms of establishing standards and processes.
BIM Tools are developing everyday and introducing significant changes. Sometimes these changes are so significant that the process should be almost rewritten.
There are also local factors effecting the processes. Many things that are standardized in Europe or North America are not accepted/implemented in the Middle East for instance.
So the BIM world is a little bit chaotic due to the speed difference between development and implementation.
I am in day-to-day BIM business and I still come up with new terminology every day. Keeping up with the latest developments is challenging even for me.
Sometimes I feel like whoever wakes up early invents a new term:)
New terms are not that bad actually. The worse is if people do not agree on the meaning of the same term.
To me, 6D is Facilities Management.
But some claims it's procurement.
The difference between federated, integrated and consolidated models is totally another story.
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When this chaos is combined with "lack of knowledge", then all I can do is to wish you good luck:)
I wish Building Smart was more active on this and create a BIM Dictionary!
A dictionary that would be accepted by all the vendors!
A dictionary that can be refernce point for all BIM profesionalls!
Have a great day!