Building Information Modeling (BIM), performance-based analysis tools, new internet technologies, integrated project delivery methods, globalization, increasing acceptance of the importance of environmental and social goals, increases in computational power, and cultural shifts in our relationship with technology both permit and necessitate disruptive design process innovation. The ability of Building Information Modeling (BIM) to improve design processes will be limited by design team’s comprehension of the design process. Project information can be found and visualized in ways that are more insightful than traditional project folder directories. The internet creates a platform where seemingly unique processes can be leveraged by combining a global community with advanced algorithms to improve design process knowledge engineering. Information technology allows highly specialized, but geographically diverse communities to form, which then, allows these communities to work together to improve design processes.
Meeting the financial, environmental, and social goals of increasingly numerous stakeholders, in a resource-limited world will require a methodology for design process communication that will lay the foundation for the next generation of web-based information management tools. Computers and software make implementation of this methodology economically and socially feasible, but on a small scale, we could just as easily hire design process communicators that spent their days ensuring that an organization meets the characteristics described in the methodology. That is, the methodology is not a tool; it specifies an organizational and technological environment necessary for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of design processes.
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