The roots of building information modeling (BIM) date back decades to the early days of computing. Originally used as a means of visualization, BIM started merely as an academic construct, just one small component of the ample process we know it to be today.
Over the years, the technology has advanced and the tools that support the use of BIM have developed along with it. When BIM first emerged, the emphasis was on the 3D project model created by the design team that may or may not have been used by the construction team. It existed in isolation as a means of design documentation. However, the industry has evolved to appreciate the numerous benefits of BIM thanks to the adoption of cloud based solutions that distribute consistent information to all stakeholders throughout the project life-cycle.