11 Ways to Better BIM Workflows Using a Unified Platform

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If you would like to deliver better quality projects to your customers by connecting your jobs from design to handover, you are in good company. According to Dodge Data & Analytics, nearly three-quarters of construction companies surveyed wanted to drive more impactful relationships with owners. A BusinessWire article elaborated on that: “Established relationships built on trust and performance produce better results in overall cost and schedule.” And those trust-based relationships can be expanded to include architects, engineers and subcontractors.

One key to this process is empowering employees and contractors to be more effective in their jobs. Like many of your peers, two of the complications you’re probably up against include information silos and inconsistencies.

There is a way around the complications. What you may need are better BIM workflows, including:

  • Optimum access through cloud-based solutions.
  • Connected project teams with optimized workflows.
  • Streamlined information management.

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Following are 11 ways to get better BIM workflows using a unified platform:

  1. Better communication and coordination. Coordination meetings need to focus on resolution of high priority issues to keep projects on schedule.
  2. Assurance that you are installing systems that are the most constructible option.
  3. Ability for subcontractors to self-check for clashes using automatic clash detection. A product like Autodesk BIM Collaborate has a “clash tolerance” filter, so you can tell which clashes to focus on.
  4. Better communication on timing and project sequencing.
  5. Easier collaboration.
BIM collaboration; image: Autodesk Digital Builder
  1. Increased visibility into the status of issues, RFIs and submittals. You should be able to create issues in the field and share them with the design team in one application.
  2. Ability for trade contractors to remove clashes in the BIM model, rather than waiting for the BIM coordinator to find issues and assign them for resolution. This allows staff to focusing on other areas that have issues.
  3. Management of individual deliverables and assets connected to the main project folder. Project teams can use Autodesk Build to accomplish this.
  4. Document information in real-time. There should be no lag on information and design updates, and you should be able to accomplish this in one application.
  5. Using one central location to upload references, photos and descriptions. Your staff can save time when they don’t need to upload information to multiple systems.
  6. Automatically generate reports that streamline the input of RFIs and submittals by the field. Field workers can focus on productive work if they don’t have to take time out to develop reports on RFIs and submittals.

The Autodesk Unified Platform is a common data environment with tools that maximize collaboration, provide rich data-driven insights and help construction teams build better projects.


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