Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

July 2012    |    Volume: 44    |    Number: 7

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Streamlining sustainability

Building information modeling opens numerous avenues for industrial engineers 

By Don Interdonato

Born out of the idea of process-driven optimization in European factories in the 18th century, industrial engineering was conceived as a process for streamlining the chain of delivery for goods and services. This was truly a revolutionary concept at the time that re-examined labor intensive processes that manifested into inefficient production and slow turnaround times. Today, a similar revolution is taking shape in the design and construction industry that arguably will become one of the most influential transformations the industry has ever seen. That transformation resides in the world of building information modeling, or BIM.

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