While many have grown accepting of these challenges, writing them off as simply part of the job, you can rise above the competition by using technology to your advantage. You can improve productivity, increase collaboration, and gain the visibility over projects you’ve always wanted with BIM collaboration.
Achieve greater productivity and efficiency
A BIM collaboration platform allows you to address the productivity challenges that plague most civil infrastructure projects. All teams—from design through construction to management and maintenance — can work in a single shared BIM model. This central model acts as the single source of truth for the project throughout its lifecycle, significantly streamlining workflows and removing silos between stakeholders.
By giving designers access to accurate and complete project data, a BIM collaboration platform improves design efficiency. Imagine working with constructible designs that are ready for the field. It’s possible with a central collaboration platform. Furthermore, as construction progresses, the model can be continuously updated to reflect the current as-built, creating a continuous feedback loop. When team members are working together, issues can be identified and resolved much earlier in the process, increasing productivity and reducing costly rework, RFIs and waste.
Increase collaboration and communication
A BIM collaboration tool allows you to break down barriers between the field, office, and owners by giving all stakeholders access to a single source of truth about the project. Each party gains real-time access to the most-up-to-date, complete, and accurate data, eliminating the redundancies and mistakes that come with manual data sharing. Instead of playing messenger between stakeholders, you become a facilitator who enables them to access the information they need when they need it.
By collaborating in a single 3D model, each stakeholder can interact with the asset virtually and have the confidence that they’re making decisions based on current information. The shared model eliminates the risk that comes with duplication and manual data sharing. With data flowing seamlessly between all parties, you can reduce or reallocate resources that you would have typically needed to execute on those time-consuming tasks.
Gain visibility across the entire project
Having a continuously updated and single source of truth about the project gives you simplified oversight of who’s done what and when they did it in real-time. When owners ask for project data and reports, the information you need is accessible in a centralized platform.
Better data visibility in the field also helps you control costs. For instance, the 3D design model can indicate the exact location of a concrete footer, and the excavator can use the GPS location data directly from the model to determine where to start digging. The model can also provide details about the type of rebar and amount of concrete needed and the locations of utilities in the area. Your workers spend less time trying to interpret the design, and you have greater confidence they’ve done the work correctly the first time. These incremental time savings add up, reducing costs and preventing surprises out in the field.
Learn How Civil Contractors are Using BIM Design Collaboration to Deliver Better Projects
A cloud-based BIM server and collaboration platform like Trimble Quadri frees up your teams to focus on tasks that move the project forward instead of wasting time on unproductive work like recreating models, chasing down information, and manually entering data into disparate systems. The improvements you can achieve in productivity, collaboration, and visibility make your job easier and make your company a more competitive vendor for complex infrastructure projects.
BIM design collaboration is a core — and oftentimes required — component of infrastructure projects in other parts of the world like Norway. With the FHWA leading the charge, it’s anticipated that similar requirements will come to the United States in the near future.
To see how BIM collaboration is being used by civil contractors in Norway, a leader in model-based design, to construct world-leading highway projects, read the case study.