Building information modeling is stepping in where computer-aided design leaves off, with the capacity to embed key information into the CAD-generated representation of building parts and structures, according to this article. "BIM allows the building owner, architect, contractor, building manager and other users to predict the future performance of buildings, using techniques of simulation to anticipate and prevent problems before the actual construction process begins," writes Kaweekrai Srihiran of the department of architecture at Thailand's Chulalongkorn University.

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