Developers say they shaved about $5 million off the design and construction costs for a new 10-story office block in Omaha, Neb., by using building information modeling. The software creates a virtual building, giving workers a 3-D digital model that is constantly updated and allowing them to spot potential conflicts early in the design process. "This is very slick," says one official. "It really has saved a lot of anguish and re-work within the building."
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