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Computer Aided Design Guide for Architecture, Engineering and Construction by Timothy Onyenobi, Angela Lee, Song Wu, Ghassan Aouad

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Chapter 2

Project and product modelling

2.1 Introduction

This chapter provides a succinct overview of the AEC/FM industry in order to establish an understanding of the development and importance of CAD. It provides a backdrop for the role of CAD in the design and construction process, and serves as a background for the later chapters in this book.

The construction industry worldwide has been continuously criticised for its less than optimal performance in several government and institutional reports: in the UK these have included Emmerson (1962), Banwell (1964), Gyles (1992), Latham (1994) and Egan (1998), to name but a few. As modelling is promoted as a way forward, this chapter looks at the various techniques that can be used for both process ...

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