This invention builds around an online system/service that tries to leverage advancements in Building Information Models (BIM), energy-efficiency simulation tools and online social network analysis methods to enable a data-driven approach to building design, planning, construction and maintenance. The system/service advances the current state of the art by providing an online integrated environment for:
- Efficient storage, indexing, querying, 3D visualization and exploration of BIMs
- Sharing BlMs and enabling online collaboration among the various stakeholders
- Interactive energy efficiency analysis of buildings by automatically linking IFC to external energy simulation libraries
- Interactive analysis of patterns of social interactions and collaboration networks of AEC professionals.