A Better Kind of Breakdown . . . with BIM Collaborate

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When working on a project, superintendents, project engineers and BIM managers can all benefit from having smaller, more pertinent models that reference just the individual floor, room or discipline they are working on.

 By breaking down models into their constituent parts, teams can focus on specific information to solve their particular issues with fewer peripheral distractions. Workers on the jobsite can get the exact information they need without wasting time poring through information they don’t need.  

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Efficiency on the jobsite can be improved even more because installation details like measurements, materials and locations are accessible to everyone on the team. Files can also conveniently be reviewed on mobile devices with customized views.

Since a project model can be focused on the work a particular team is performing, they are not required to navigate the full project model. BIM managers, for instance, can publish custom 3D views for superintendents or project engineers upon request. The ease of the process can improve collaboration and communication for key decision makers. With custom model breakdown, teams are able to concentrate on the day’s work objectives for their portion of the job. 


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There are ways of traditionally breaking down models using Autodesk Revit, Autodesk Navisworks or third-party integrations. As described on the Autodesk Construction Blog, there is also the capability to do this using Autodesk BIM Collaborate.

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BIM Collaborate enables users to select needed information and filter it out for use by the appropriate people. That custom information can then be used to make better decisions faster and avoid project delays. Because team members are able to focus on just the information they need, they can work more efficiently.

During the coordination phase, BIM managers can segment models by properties such as:

  • Levels
  • Phases
  • Rooms
  • Object categories
  • Disciplines 

Using BIM Collaborate, virtual design and construction teams can also create Custom Properties for groups of properties that are commonly used together. For example, views might be set up for a specific room or a combination of mechanical, electrical and structural. The views might then be used to filter clash results, limiting the number of clashes that need to be reviewed.  

BIM managers can also use the custom 3D view model breakdown process to develop a sign-off model – indicating the coordination model is complete and signed off for construction.

Using BIM Collaborate, superintendents, project engineers and BIM managers can move faster, collaborate with precision and react to situations with better information on hand. BIM Collaborate makes these benefits possible with custom model breakdown for easy access to the specific information each team needs to get their job done promptly. 


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