Last edited 04 Mar 2021

Container-based collaborative working

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a very broad term that describes the process of creating and managing digital information about a built asset such as a building, bridge, highway or tunnel.

The Handbook for the introduction of Building Information Modelling by the European Public Sector published by the EU BIM Task Group in 2017 suggests that the term ‘container-based collaborative working’:

‘…has been adopted from the draft international standard ISO/DIS 19650-1:2017. A “container” can be a 3D model, a drawing, a document, table or schedule – also often called a “file”. A database, containing multiple tables of structured data, are also containers. We can categorize them as document containers, graphical information containers and also non-graphical information containers.

Container-based collaborative working basically means two things:

  1. The principle that the author or originator of a piece of information, for example a model or a drawing, is responsible and liable for the content and quality still applies, and
  2. certain rules concerning the processes of information management are defined so that data and information can be exchanged in a secure and efficient way.'

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