Due to digitalization of construction and operation of buildings, the so-called BIM design is becoming increasingly widespread. In English, BIM means Building Information Modelling.
During BIM designing, a 3D model of the building is created (sometimes, a 4D model is mentioned, wherein the fourth dimension is time) associated with the database. Each model element can be assigned particular attributes.
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