Building Information Modelling (BIM) enables intelligent use and management of building information embedded in object-oriented CAD models. The widespread use of object-oriented CAD tools such as ArchiCAD, Revitt and Bentley in practice has generated greater interest in BIM. A number of BIM-compliant applications ranging from analysis tools, product libraries, model checkers to facilities management applications have been developed to enhance the BIM capabilities across disciplinary boundaries, generating research interests in BIM servers as tools to integrate, share and manage the model developed in distributed collaborative teams. This paper presents the findings from a project aimed at eliciting features and technical requirements for a BIM server. The paper is based on: (a) a case study conducted with a state-of-art BIM server to identify its technical capabilities and limitations, and; (b) analysis of technical features of current collaboration platforms (CPs) used in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. Analysis of data reveals that the development of BIM servers should not be entirely for functional and operational purposes. Based on the findings the technical requirements are classified into four main categories including both operational and support technical requirements (OTR and STR). They are (a) BIM model management related requirements; (b) design review related requirements; (c) data security related requirements; and (d) BIM server set-up implementation and usage assisting requirements.
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