Virtual design and construction is different from BIM because it addresses schedules, costs, safety, logistics and other matters -- not just design, contends Chris France, president of Advance2000. BIM-VDC in the cloud could revolutionize the industry because it would encompass lean construction, mobility, project collaboration and cost reduction, he assets. It would also enable small and mid-size firms to compete with larger firms in terms of the technology they can use on projects.

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