How helpful & profitable would it be if the project team involved in the entire project life-cycle gets to access the project/design data in real-time on or off-site as time demands!
Is this even possible? Yes, it is! This is where the BIM on cloud comes in picture.
BIM and the cloud is one of the robust combos facilitating real-time collaboration.
The practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer is called “Cloud Computing”.
Cloud computing facilitates to use an application as SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) from multiple associated computers throughout the world. The server grants the power to run the program and the desktop or laptop is just used as an interface with applications.
This technology of BIM on cloud enables the Project team to share project data and information from project sites to a team member sitting in office or home and vice-versa. This does not limit the extent to the location or time thus facilitating efficient collaboration and communication. With the help of this, the data right from early design stage to final handover can be viewed by the means of devices laptops, desktops, tablets or mobiles by different personnel involved concurrently over an internet connection.
The advantages of this powerful combination of BIM on cloud are :
- Universal access to data
- Time saver
- Infinite computation
- Productive Collaboration
- Design optimization
- Model coordination
- Clash detection and Resolving the clashes without delay
- Effective communication among personnel involved
- Changes updated in real-time
- Track and monitor progress of the project
- Data storage / Huge data repository
- Evade miscommunication & confusion
- Access control
- Notification of changes done
- Audit trails created for verification to maintain data integrity
There are various Cloud-based BIM software applications available:
Autodesk BIM 360
BIM 360 improves construction project delivery by supporting informed decision-making throughout the project lifecycle. From design collaboration, documentation and reviews, to pre-construction, and through quality and safety and operations, BIM 360 connects the people, data and workflows on your project.
Autodesk BIM 360 Field
BIM 360 Field is a construction field management software combining mobile technologies at the site of construction with cloud-based collaboration and reporting. It aids in improving quality, safety, and profitability for construction and capital projects. BIM 360 Field (formerly Vela Systems) is a cloud-based service.
Autodesk BIM 360 Glue
BIM 360 Glue is an online collaboration software enabling multidiscipline model coordination and clash detection. Architects, engineers, builders, and stakeholders collaborate and coordinate in real time in the office or through mobile devices.
Autodesk Formit Pro
This is a conceptual 3D design tool that works on tablets or browsers. FormIt Pro unlocks your ability to collaborate, iterate, and analyse your designs.
Autodesk InfraWorks 360
InfraWorks 360 mobile allows users to view, access & collaborate with Autodesk InfraWorks project models and scenarios on a tablet. View designs within the existing environment without the need for additional desktop software.
ProjectWise is a suite of engineering project collaboration software from Bentley Systems designed for the AEC industries. It helps project teams to manage, share and distribute engineering project content and review in a single platform.
Bentley Systems Passport
Passport gives users access to hybrid platforms, including: servers, such as Bentley’s ProjectWise Integration Server; desktop software, such as Bentley Navigator; and mobile apps, such as Field Supervisor.
CaddForce is a multidisciplinary BIM cloud computing solutions provider that designs and implements private cloud solutions for the AEC industry.
BIMx is a project presenter app for Graphisoft ArchiCAD allowing ArchiCAD models to be securely sent and interacted with anywhere.
iRhino enables the display of McNeel Rhino 3D models on mobile devices.
software integrates information from design, construction and owner’s teams and provides web-based markup and review tools which save time while mitigating risk.
Newforma Project Center
Newforma Project Center enables architects and engineers to be more effective as they organize project data, collaborate with project team members and manage construction projects from inception to delivery.
Procore has acquired BIManywhere, a visual BIM collaboration platform for construction and facilities management.
Revizto is a real-time issue tracking software for Architecture, Engineering and Construction with a focus on collaboration and BIM project coordination.
SketchUp Mobile Viewer can view models in the 3D Warehouse with orbit, pan and zoom.
Tekla BIMsight Mobile
Tekla BIMsight is designed for taking IFC and BIM models created in any application to construction sites on tablets and phones. This free desktop application goes mobile on the iOS platform.
Though the development of cloud computing is aimed to offer ease in collaboration & productivity benefits, there are some hindrances still in its way hampering its successful adoption.
The most common concern is: Lack of trust with data security and privacy.
For a sigh of relief, majority of the cloud computation applications are based on security framework.
Also, this concern can be addressed using security applications, encrypted file systems, or by security hardware to track unusual server behaviour.
To sum up, BIM cloud collaboration tools are progressively empowering BIM processes.
We at Matrix3D are helping businesses with cloud and consulting AEC professionals to save time and cost in their project from decades with tools like BIM on cloud. You can check our offerings for AEC Industry and get in touch with us to know how we can help your business to grow.