Five reasons why your firm needs a BIM Management app

We’re talking about what BIM Management apps are, why they’re needed and how they can help bring productivity benefits.

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In 2020, BIM has become a necessary part of day-to-day workflows for any AEC firm. Whether an architecture firm, or a design-build construction firm, the benefits that BIM brings to the table are eminent and proven. However, many firms still struggle with proper implementation on their projects and in their organization due to the inherent challenges that BIM brings along with itself.

Some of these challenges are:

  • High cost of software and hardware
  • Lack of trained BIM staff
  • Clients not recognizing benefits
  • Difficulty in standardizing processes

Read more about the challenges National Building Specification of UK outlined in 2014. Many of those persist even today in 2020, but as technology has evolved and become more democratized, there’s a good opportunity to tide over these problems with the use of BIM Management apps, particularly one like planBIM.

The concept of using a software for process management is relatively new in the AEC Industry. We are all familiar with modelling tools like Autodesk Revit, ArchiCAD, Bentley AECOSIM, Autodesk Civil 3D, Tekla Structures and more. However, 3D Models are just one part of the equation. To make a project successful, there are 3 integral components.

To manage the this entire cycle in a better way, a tool like planBIM can come in very handy. Here are 5 reasons why your firm needs a BIM Management app.

1. To make sure everyone is on the same page

Collaboration is key to successful BIM implementation. Since there are several intricate processes involved, and professionals from different backgrounds need to interact with each other. Plus, it doesn’t help that there are so many different standards out there and everyone likes to follow their own. Even the slightest misinterpretations can lead to excessive delays, thus costing your firm a fortune. BIM execution plans are very important to define scope of work and other standards, but it is no longer necessary for a BEP to just be a doc.

Your team could leverage the power of the cloud for creating smart live documents which keep pace with your projects. Also, with intuitive forms for defining project information, Level of Development and other key aspects of a BEP, a tool like planBIM helps bring clarity to all stakeholders in a Construction project.

2. To maintain standards across your projects and organization

We’ve all been in those situations when there is a lot of ‘information chaos’ in a project. There is just too much data, too many models and none of it is properly structured. Even when it is decided to make sense of it,  it becomes very difficult to streamline. Some firms follow their own standards while others don’t even have them. Defining linestyles and lineweights in drawings for example, is defined in a PDF document, but it’s very difficult to check if it’s being followed, and if there’s any deviation, no one bothers to update the document just for a small change. This leads to a lot of gaps which grow bigger and bigger as the project progresses. Even BIM components are created on the fly as they are needed, and there is hardly any documentation happening during the course of a project, because there are better things to do in the moment.

That’s where BIM management apps come in and play a useful role. planBIM for example, helps standardise all kinds of information. Taking the case of BIM components, users can not only use it as a cloud library, but also track which components are being used in which projects, by whom and how often. Coupled with tools for scoping out work, an increase in productivity is imminent.

3. To improve the quality of BIM models

In today’s world, just creating a BIM model for a construction project is not enough. The quality of the BIM Model is equally important and there are various metrics to gauge how good a model is. Some of these aspects relate to the individual BIM Components that are used. Whether the components have the right amount of information necessary based on the BIM goal is an important factor. Also, under-modelling and over-modelling, both are harmful for the project. Making sure that the Level of Development required across various phases of a project is crucial. BIM Management apps help define these requirements in a dynamic manner.

planBIM even goes a few steps further, by providing the ability to upload and manage BIM components on the cloud, and also features for tracking the health and quality of BIM Models. Even more, quality manuals can be uploaded to as a doc to the planBIM cloud for everyone to refer.

4. To manage your documents and files

Managing documents and files in a BIM workflow can pose some serious challenges. In a traditional BIM workflow, stakeholders use a variety of different platforms to manage information. Some of this is in spreadsheets, some in PDFs, some in the BIM models and some floating around the universe. A BIM management app in essence helps bring all this information together. It can help you make sense of models but helping create visual model breakdown structures.

BIM requires frequent editing and updating of files and documents. This can happen without proper supervision from the BIM management team, due to the process being so complicated.

These problems denote a dire need for you to make use of a BIM management app that can eradicate the hustle involved in maintaining massive amounts of data. With the ability to discuss and comment on any piece of information – be it a doc, a file or even a BIM component, these apps can help bring efficiency back in BIM.

5. To work in a Common Data Environment

A Common data environment (CDE) is of utmost importance in any project. With so many different CDEs prevelant across the industry, it really just boils down to preference in many projects. But most of these are simply file management solutions and wouldn’t really help you with the intricacies involved in BIM. Then again, you can’t switch to a different CDE just because of some shiny new features. That’s where an app like planBIM comes in and solves this in a multi-fold manner.

Firstly, it provides BIM specific features, like the ability to view 50+ different BIM formats directly on the cloud. Secondly, it augments BIM processes by providing an ability to create live model breakdown structures. Thirdly, it integrates with other CDEs and platforms so that you can bring in data from other places which different stakeholders from your project team might be used to.

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