You’ve heard the buzz, but are you in the know? Building Information Modeling (BIM) has been discussed, analyzed and debated in the construction industry for years now. The analysis and discussion are turning into action and the adoption of BIM is growing. First architects and engineers, and now increasingly contractors, are adopting BIM to reduce risk and increase margins. There are signs that owners are also realizing benefits from BIM and that operations and maintenance, which are responsible for about 80 percent of a building’s lifetime cost, may be the part of the lifecycle of a building where BIM provides the largest benefits.

As you know during the construction process there are a series of complicated processes that involve considerable input from multiple parties. If there isn’t a standard process or tool that can be used by everyone, workflow cycle times increase, significant re-work may be necessary and project costs can escalate. Common issues all contractors may face any given day include, “Am I working from the latest model?”, “No one told me I was supposed to fix that,” “I can’t send it by email, the file is too big” or “my computer can’t open that file format.”

Clearly, the successful completion of construction projects relies on clear communication and having everyone bring the necessary project data together quickly and accurately. To do that tools are needed to foster and support multiple channels of communication, open collaboration, and provide easy access to a platform that makes data available to the right people, at the right time.

Viewpoint continues to be at the forefront of offering technologies that provide increased value and the tools contractors need to remain competitive. And we recognize the power of BIM and that is why we now offer BIM Manager to the North American market. BIM Manager helps address the questions and concerns listed above, by offering a collaborative environment and a single place where everyone can access the data they need without significant training or specialized software. To learn more about how BIM can help your organization, please click here.

IFC models can be federated, explored and collaborated around in the BIM Manager web viewer.  The model remains segregated so that each object can be traced back to its origin.

IFC models can be federated, explored and collaborated around in the BIM Manager web viewer. The model remains segregated so that each object can be traced back to its origin.

Posted by Rob Humphreys