Files Management via planBIM

The files module of planBIM acts as a visual and collaborative Common Data Environment

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Every BIM project involves the use of hundreds of files of different formats and sizes. Due to large amounts of information and their integration in the models, the need for resource sharing between various departments or stakeholders in due course of BIM application on projects is a rising challenge in the AEC industry. Managing, organizing, tracking and analyzing these files have always been a tedious task in the BIM domain. planBIMs Files module has been developed as a solution to these challenges.

planBIM is an easy to use cloud-based platform that can be your ideal companion for BIM implementation on projects of different magnitude. planBIM offers five modules, i.e., the scoper, docs, file, content and tracker modules. These modules have been developed by taking suggestions from the various professionals working in the BIM domain. In this blog, we will be discussing the necessity of the files module and its features in detail.

The files module acts as a visual and collaborative Common Data Environment (CDE) )as per ISO:19650 and will aid the BIM workflow of your project.

Source: PAS-1192

A CDE is a collaborative environment where all the stakeholders in a project can share their data. It is used to collect, manage, organize and disseminate models, drawings, documentation, and processes (includes graphical and non-graphical assets). Therefore while using a single platform for information sharing, the collaboration between various project members will be enhanced and mistakes reduced. It will also help to avoid duplication of models or drawings and hence help in saving time and increasing productivity.

Files module offers two views to upload and manage your files, i.e., canvas and an explorer view. Canvas view has been developed to simplify the user experience and help to organize and manage the files in a significantly more accessible and user-friendly way. The canvas view offers you an infinite space to create and share workspaces with different teams.

The user can create multiple cards in the canvas view, which acts as a file container and, arrange and organize them according to the model breakdown structure and establish the relations between them. This gives a clear idea about where the files are located and need to be uploaded to. Now, In order to collaborate and work together with the different stakeholders, a shared space can also be created, and you can use it to manage and share files across the various teams.

Canvas View

Now the advantage of these cards acting as a file container is that every update or revision occurring on a file in the card is recorded and stored in them. This gives the user access to the previous file and understands what the new updates are in the latest revised file and who revised it.

File Card

Also using planBIM’s file module you can view the BIM files on cloud irrespective of the format or the software the file has been authored in. This allows the users to access and view their BIM files remotely from any desktop. And it is not just limited to viewing, but you also have multiple features along with it such as measuring the distances, selecting layers to view and much more.

View BIM files on cloud

The next layout to view your file is in an Explorer view. It is a typical list view which gives all the necessary details regarding the files along with its Revision history. In the explorer view, you can also access the analytics of the Revit files. To enable this feature, you have to download planBIM’s plugin for Revit from the Autodesk app store. Once you have it in place, you can access planBIM directly from the Revit environment.

The plugin is capable of exporting the data points to the cloud. Using these data points, analytics are derived, and you get a clear idea about the overall health score, performance parameters, details of Revit families used and much more about your Revit file. BIM managers can use this feature to track their files, and team members progress remotely and have overall control over the project.

Explorer View

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To summarise, the files module acts as a visual and collaborative CDE along with added feature such as viewing BIM files on the cloud and remotely analyzing various parameters of a Revit file and much more. This module has been tailored by taking in suggestions from veteran professionals in the AEC industry who have worked on various projects in the BIM domain. We would like you and your team to try planBIM, a revolutionizing tool in the BIM management sector. planBIM is accessible on the web, on your phone and even in BIM authoring tools like Revit. For further information, contact


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