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    SITE DESIGN WITH SKETCHUP & AUTOCAD

    Google SketchUp and AutoCAD can be used synergistically to generate detailed site models. The programs are highly compatible; AutoCAD lines can be transformed into SketchUp geometry. Utilizing 2D AutoCAD plans as a starting point for SketchUp geometry is arguably the fastest way to generate a detailed site plan model.

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    TOWARD A BIM PARADIGM

    A systems approach to building information modeling should not be confused with the notion of a single building information model. Implementing BIM does not mean that all of the information about a building must be compiled into a single data file, reside in a single physical location, or be maintained by a single business entity throughout the life cycle of the building.

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