Historically, it has been a challenge to keep general contractors and subcontractors on the same page. Even more of a challenge is getting them on the same technology platform. As many in the industry are aware, each stakeholder typically wants to use their own system.
One important step in getting everyone on the same page is to standardize procedures for the way everyone should work on a project. For maximum efficiency and improved collaboration, stakeholders are best served to standardize on a technology ecosystem that can connect data from the full project range – design to operations. This can help shorten the design cycle and bring buildings to completion faster.
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A unified platform enables stakeholders to capture consistent data. With it, project teams can optimize the design and development of repeatable assets – those with physical properties that can be duplicated. The “repeatable” model is already in use in multiple industries, including financial services, manufacturing and agribusiness. Standardizing benefits the schedule because customer requirements can be implemented quickly and cost-effectively. Autodesk Construction Cloud is an example of that type of ecosystem.
With BIM Collaborate Pro on the Autodesk Construction Cloud platform, project information for all the stakeholders is combined in a single solution. This permits multidisciplinary teams to work alongside each other for coordination and accountability in the preconstruction phase.
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Cloud-based BIM Collaborate Pro is design collaboration software that enables teams to:
- Get connected, organize project information, establish standard procedures, create and assign issues, and utilize email notifications.
- Provide appropriate access to relevant data and keep team members informed.
- Work together on complex projects with combined visual models, as well as benefit from automated clash detection in the cloud.
- Co-author models securely in Revit, Civil 3D or Plant 3D, making markups to any view and seeing updates in detail.
- Facilitate the big-picture view of a project, including progress tracking for on-time delivery.
Using BIM Collaborate Pro, the risk of schedule setbacks can be reduced, as well as potential cost overruns later in a project.
Having information in one location eliminates the confusion and duplication of effort that are caused by multiple teams storing and managing the same information in separate programs inaccessible by others. Replacing these “data silos” with a single source of information (truth) can result in a streamlined design collaboration and coordination process.
The single source allows team members to track design changes that may impact project scope and schedule. With this kind of transparency, everyone can see when and where there are issues. Then they can work together on a solution to keep the project on track.
Although the challenge to keep general contractors and subcontractors on the same page isn’t universally solved yet, the use of a common technology platform like BIM Collaborate Pro can result in design and coordination being a profitable combination.