5 inspiring examples of how BIM professionals use BIMcollab

5 inspiring examples of how BIM professionals use BIMcollab

You are starting yet another BIM project and you know the drill. You have a well-established workflow, a capable and experienced team with access to their preferred BIM modeling tools, and you use BIMcollab to coordinate your project efficiently. You’ve been down this path many times before. 

But every now and then we could all use something new to inspire us. That is why we want to share 5 unique ways that BIMcollab can be used, implemented by some of our most renowned clients. Ready to be inspired? 

1. Involve your non-BIM stakeholders

Model checking and issue management are commonly used in BIM projects. Nevertheless, any project team includes members who are not yet BIM users. Often, these non-BIM savvy members feel excluded from project coordination.  

According to our users, that is not the case with BIMcollab. Our user-friendly solutions ensure any team member can connect to the project and participate in its coordination, without needing to have access to a BIM tool. Users that are ready to dive deeper into the world of BIM can use the Zoom Viewer. Zoom Viewer is a free model viewing tool that is highly approachable and intuitive for any new user. Now, all you now need to do is just share the models, and you are on track to making all your team members BIM savvy! 

2. Manage your documents and link them to the 3D model

In any BIM process, there is a lot of documentation involved. It can be hard to keep track of where documents are stored, what the latest version is and what changes have been made. A Digital Twin platform such as BIMcollab Twin provides a solution that enables you to create and collaborate on data, easily involve stakeholders, and improve model-based collaboration in your projects.  

With BIMcollab Twin, our users store, manage and share their building and infrastructure data. You can easily link documents to 3D objects in your BIM model, helping you to organize and find the correct data. By automatically tracking version history and activity, BIMcollab Twin ensures you always have access to the most up-to-date files. Users can even create and automate processes with Protocols and Workflows. 

3. Prevent reporting of duplicate clashes

It is no surprise that in the project coordination process, sometimes irrelevant issues are added. A situation our users often encounter is that when a new project starts and new team members join, users want to test the tools they will be working with. They want to review all features and perhaps even create some test issues to try out the coordination flow. If these test issues are not managed properly, they could clutter the actual project. 

Besides, what often happens is that duplicate clashes are created in the coordination process. When multiple team members are involved in model checking, the chances of clashes being reported twice, or even more, are significant. Does this sound familiar to you? BIMcollab Zoom has a solution.  

Project leaders can easily report and delete any already reported clashes. The Delete Issue feature allows for coordination flexibility, in both accounting for new team members adding test issues and experienced members adding issues by mistake. The Delete Issue feature provides an opportunity for project leaders to keep a clean and organized project history, without any unnecessary issues cluttering the project library. 

To make managing clashes and issues even easier, Zoom’s Smart Issues automatically prevent duplicate reporting as they recognize already reported clashes and the issues they belong to. No matter who runs clash detection and what clash rules they use, Zoom will recognize a duplicate clash immediately.  

4. Get the most out of your data with Power BI

You don’t have to be a data analyst to manage construction risks through your project data. We have more and more users sharing examples of how they use the BIMcollab integration with Power BI to monitor their project’s health. 

BIMcollab’s powerful integration with Power BI offers custom data visualization tools. It allows you to harvest your data, track the project’s progress, identify trends, isolate problem areas, and predict future bottlenecks. Insight into your project data enables you to stay on top of future risks before they impact your project delivery. 

TIP: If you want to try Power BI but don’t know where to start, we’ve got you covered. Download and connect to our Power BI Dashboard template file and customize it to your needs.

5. Organize coordination meetings in virtual reality

Nowadays, we often work online, meaning that team members are not always able to join coordination meetings in person. Hence, having the option to host virtual project walkthroughs inside the project’s 3D models comes in handy. It not only gives you flexibility but offers a unique opportunity to easily visualize the location of an issue, even for stakeholders that lack understanding of the project’s context. 

Through BIMcollab’s integration with powerful virtual reality platforms like Vrex, Formitas and Verify3d, teams can organize remote coordination and design reviews in the model context. They can review constructability problems, and flag issues directly in the model as they come up. All project stakeholders can join the session online and actively participate in the collaboration process.  

There you have it, 5 unique BIMcollab use examples, to shake up your existing coordination process. We hope we have given you some ideas of new tools and workflows to try within your project, while keeping up with the latest industry developments. 

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