BIMcollab Zoom: fast and intelligent Model Checker to boost communication
“In one of our projects we worked with a project manager on the client-side for whom working with digital building models was completely new ground. After the first meeting and a brief introduction to Zoom, we received an enthusiastic phone call with a short and concise statement: “It works!” This little anecdote displays the enthusiasm of Sirri El Jundi, architect and founder at Jundi Schrade Baumeister (JSB) for BIMcollab Zoom. Let’s see why:
”The use is simple and just through the visual support, the communication within the project team can be improved significantly.”
Sirri El Jundi, architect and founder at JSB
JSB is a true BIM pioneer. The office adopted the Architecture 4.0-way of working in the early days to guarantee their customers smooth processes, cost efficiency and adherence to deadlines. Since the start JSB executed the design and construction management of commercial buildings, sports halls, schools or housing projects completely with BIM. Moreover, JSB has a strong focus on the further improvement of the design and building process. In their dedicated department, JSB LAB, working methods and tools are continuously being explored, evaluated and implemented if beneficial.
The quest for fast model checking
One of the challenges JSB stumbled on in their BIM journey was fast and accurate model validation. Sirri El Jundi: “The model checkers we used were in some cases very confusing, not intuitive to use and also extremely sluggish. So, we started to explore the use of IFC viewers as an alternative for (parts of the) model validation process. However, most IFC viewers never fully met our requirements when it comes to the representation quality, geometries, speed and cost.” Until they found BIMcollab Zoom.
Zoom under consideration
Tobias Geise: “We had been using the BIM issue management with BIMcollab Nexus to our satisfaction for quite a time when BIMcollab Zoom was recommended to us. So we decided to give it some consideration. When choosing a software tool, three factors are always important to us: Performance (fast processing and reaction / short waiting times), Interface (attractive and clear user interface), Usability (ease of use, intuitive, short training period).”
“We would really advice everyone to work with BIMcollab Zoom”
Tobias Geise, architect and BIM Coordinator at JSB
Ticking the boxes
In their first runs, JSB quickly discovered BIMcollab Zoom ticked all the boxes, including the reading of all kinds of IFC-files, extremely fast processing times and ease of use with simple controls and visual support. Tobias Geise: “With the Viewer version, anyone can use Zoom, so we are now able to easily connect project partners and clients to project discussions while we are all looking at the same model. That’s a great advantage.
What we like specifically about Zoom, both in the viewer as well as in the model checker verison, is the ‘Smart Views’ feature, allowing us to identify deviations and problems in the model quickly by pure visual inspection. It also helps that in the BIMcollab Zoom model checker version there is an automated issue creation functionality that connects smoothly to BIMcollab Nexus. It is my personal conclusion that by using both versions of Zoom, our project team’s work is made much lighter and easier, communication problems are significantly reduced and the fun factor is increased. We would really advise everyone to work with BIMcollab Zoom, especially in combination with BIMcollab Nexus.”
|Company||Jundi Schrade Baumeister|
|HQ||Stuttgart and Ludwigsburg|
|Software||Time-consuming and fault enhancing collaboration on IFC models through confusing, slow and not intuitive software|
|Challenge||The digital transformation: smoothen processes and save a significant amount of time.|
|Solution||Using BIMcollab Zoom as Model Checking tool ánd as collaboration tool for visual checks and project discussions, while including non-experienced IFC users|