VDC isn’t a specific tool, like a software program that renders a building. Instead, it refers to using technology and digital platforms to plan out all aspects of a construction project. Virtual renders will likely be an important piece of info implemented into VDC projects, but true VDC also plans the schedule and expected costs. Essentially, if an element of construction management can be digitized, doing so would make the most of VDC’s benefits.
Some people unfamiliar with the terms may be confused about the difference between VDC with Building Information Modeling (BIM). While they share some core ideas and goals, BIM is specific to digital renderings of buildings and its composite systems. Think of VDC as a methodology, and BIM as a way to streamline the creation of digital models/measurements that VDC projects rely on.