Industry Talk    AS322822
Discovering History with BIM—Project Notre Dame
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Project Notre Dame arose as the spontaneous response of a group of BIM (Building Information Modeling) enthusiasts with a fascination for old buildings. Digital tools extend our ability to think about the world: where we’ve come from and where we’re going. Why should we restrict the use of BIM to the narrow confines of our day jobs? Crowd-sourced "learning by doing" has the potential to combine Wikipedia and Google Earth 3D to create a new kind of online museum experience. This case study describes the work of a global team of volunteers taking a deep dive into an 800-year-old building laden with cultural meaning, each one pursuing their interests and passions. How did they communicate? What did they discover? Come to the session and find out.

Key Learnings

  • Discover new insights into the design and construction of Notre-Dame de Paris
  • Discover best practices for collaborative historical research using BIM
  • Learn how to make a case for BIM as a general-purpose thinking tool
  • Learn about the potential of crowd-sourced learning to transform the world of work



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