How BIM Collaborate Pro Benefits the Trades

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Of all the teams involved in a construction project, trade contractors may benefit the most from more cohesive and more collaborative BIM models. Collaboration, communication and coordination are critical for avoiding the logjam of problems that can pile up toward the end of a project – just when trade contractors are installing their portion of the job.

In the Applied Software webinar “BIM Collaborate Pro for the Trades,” Mark Petrucci and Blake Douglas explained and demonstrated how BIM Collaborate Pro helps contractors coordinate and propel their workflows toward more efficient builds in the field.

  1. Industry trends – More businesses are investigating and using cloud technology. The cloud offers business continuity, with insights that enable companies to work from anywhere on anything. Your company can stay resilient, adapt to changes and keep projects moving forward. In addition, you can reduce redundancies and errors. With the right tools, you have better visibility and project insights to allocate your resources easier and control them. Project management and resource allocation become easier when you have access to tools for risk mitigation, resource prediction and control.

A connected ecosystem across the project lifecycle offers organized data, structured access and coordinated exchange and handover. All this is possible with a common data environment. Collaboration needs to be connected – teams, tools and data – to maximize efficiency and avoid rework. Flexibility is important, while a powerful platform is needed to centralize, secure, analyze, and maintain the integrity of your data.

  1. Autodesk Construction Cloud: Design → Plan → Build → Operate –

There has been collaboration in construction, but it has been fragmented. There are different systems and platforms for multiple teams with multiple software titles. This makes integration and communication harder. Much of the global construction industry is still working from the traditional paper-based workflows. This adds a layer of complexity and wasted time. Much of the rework in the industry – estimated at $15-billion a year – is avoidable. The ACC platform is changing all of that.

  1. BIM Collaborate Pro – Today, with BIM Collaborate Pro, multiple companies in multiple locations can share and work on projects with easy-to-manage access for all stakeholders. Extensive tools enable project management and delivery in a cloud environment.  

BIM Collaborate Pro offers these key modules and features:

  • Docs – Foundation has 50+ file formats, robust permissions, 2D and 3D version comparison, and issue and markup tracking.
  • Design Collaboration – Allows the user to set publishing, package review and distribution, visual version comparison, and design issues. Access to design data can be controlled for better security and to ensure the right information is in the right hands throughout the project. By keeping your team on the same page, you can ensure accountability. Project activity and milestones, changes, collaboration, and design exchanges can be tracked and monitored.
  • Revit Cloud Worksharing – Enables Revit collaboration anytime from anywhere. Multiple people can co-author Revit models, extending worksharing to project teams in any location, while centralizing their efforts.
  • Model Coordination – Includes automated 3D clash detection, clash grouping and coordination of issues. The entire team can be involved in clash detection and resolution, and conflicts can be detected before construction even begins. 

Mark Petrucci explained during the webinar, as the only Revit, Civil 3D and Plant 3D collaboration tool on the market, BIM Collaborate Pro will benefit anyone involved in any kind of document management workflow.

The limited collaboration of the 1990s, followed by decades of companies opening satellite offices for enterprise-level operations, wasn’t helped much by expensive collaboration tools and slow data exchange. But today, BIM Collaborate Pro helps the entire construction project team – designers, reviewers and decision makers. It enables a more cohesive and more collaborative BIM project model, plus collaboration, communication and coordination.


Contact Applied Software  today and talk to an industry-trained expert to learn more about BIM Collaborate Pro.