While BIM 360 is an excellent cloud based collaborative program…it is much more than just a document management tool. Did you know that you can collaborate on a project model with multiple firms on the design team? We asked our Project Services Manager, Al F., what his top three tips are when using the BIM 360 platform.
It is important to establish a great line of communication at the beginning of a project since BIM 360 is a collaborative space. A successful step Al has found is, as soon as a project is starting, set up a BIM 360 meeting with project managers and BIM Managers from each company on the design team. This initial meeting can allow the entire team to discuss who will host the project model and what workflows will be used, as well as how the project will be managed between each firm. This way, everyone on the design team has the same plan for how they will work together in BIM 360.
When sharing models, setting a schedule is very important. Before a model can be shared with the rest of the design team, it will need time to update. Many teams will update a model in the design collaboration which slows down traffic and ultimately the design process – it is much faster to consume and share a package than to update the latest model. That’s why it is important to set a consistent time that the model will update. Al suggests having it update on the weekends. This allows the model to process after the design team has finished working for the week and it have time to be packaged and be ready to share on Monday morning.
There are many useful tools within the BIM 360 application to facilitate collaboration and coordination. A few helpful tools that can be applicable to a project are comparing consumed models, touring 3D versions of a model, marking up 2D sheets and views, and creating ‘issues’ on a model or sheet to assign to a specific company or individual on the team to address. These tools can not only be used during the design phase but all the way until the end of construction.
Check back soon, Al’s will give tips on comparing consumed models in BIM 360. If you are interested in learning more about BIM 360 as a collaborative tool for your project or receiving an in-depth tutorial please reach out to Al Florez (firstname.lastname@example.org)!