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Why planBIM can be an answer to problems of AEC Project Workflows

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Consider a construction project where a team of Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) companies are obliged to a seamless and constant distribution of drawings and BIM models with live updates. How do these teams sync up with discussions regarding various aspects of the project itself?
If the project details require any changes or any updates, coherent standards are of absolute importance. However, the set of standards defined by one set of engineers may not resonate with the collection of standards established by the rest of the stakeholders. Creating a domino effect, this may impede BIM Execution Plans (BEP) or even the whole project.
In the times of lightning-fast internet, one can minimize delays of such sort with the help of a common ground for information exchange. planBIM is an app developed under the guidance of BIM engineers specifically designed to tackle similar if not identical issues. It provides a dynamic approach to the technical conflicts that could arise as a project evolves. In this context, planBIM has been developed to bring about a refined way to implement BIM. The app brings flexibility in the experience of sharing strategies, exchanging files and updating changes as per the requirements between a set of collaborators.
In many instances, a lengthy set of documents describe the information about project details. Due to our current era of lower attention spans to precise details, these lengthy documents may delay a perfect head start for teams. planBIM, however, is equipped to display critical aspects of a project like the details, location and the scale to bring any new team member up to speed. Every project consists of modules which have been strategically designed to cater to various stakeholders of the project for streamlining BIM procedures.
The first module we come across is Scoper, which assists in the scope of work assigned to various firms. The module presents an easy way to assign responsibilities to the members and companies involved in the project. To avoid compatibility issues, multiple BIM software which has ongoing usage on a project can be labelled, along with their versions and the aspect of their utilization across BIM. These features exist to simplify the necessary overall scope of any project and also define a way of communicating them.

Level of Development is an industry-standard that is used to gauge the content and reliability of BIM elements at various stages in design and construction. The geometric and structural definitions define the content, while the accuracy and quality entrusted to that content would describe reliability.

This process is undefinable for every project element in most cases around the world for many reasons. One of the major causes being the absence of a useful tool that could help plan the same instead of relying on non-intuitive spreadsheets. In planBIM, the LOD matrix stipulates an option to select the Level of Accuracy (LOA) as well as the Level of Information (LOI) apart from providing a visual way to define Level of Detail (LOD). The preference to tag specific team members or companies is available to divide the modelling scope between various stakeholders.
A construction project passes through various phases during its lifecycle right from conceptual designs to asset management. During each stage, different stakeholders help in updating the LOD of the model elements. The same can be planned visually through the Model Progression Matrix section of planBIM Scoper. The generation of this matrix helps stakeholders to be on the same wavelength. In recent years, quite a few projects include the Model Progression Matrix as a part of their BEPs. However, with the use of planBIM, this becomes easy to keep track of as the project progresses. Because of it being online and dynamic, planBIM enables users to make updates on the go. Detailed reports in PDF and Excel formats can be exported, for those that prefer print media over the online and digital experience.
In a typical AEC project workflow, a document is worked upon by multiple people from different companies. This coordination initiates a chain of events, which conclude with the material having had multiple revisions to capture the changes that occur while the project is in due course.
To overcome this, planBIM Docs collaborators create sections, add videos, discuss analogies, or revise any portion of the document as necessary, before publication. It can state an alternative to import Excel or Word files while retaining the formatting, which can help users bring in their existing standards. Docs additionally grants superior user access and version control, which is much in line with the lifecycle of documents in the AEC industry.
The infinite canvas of Maps intends to represent a Common Data Environment (CDE) with a collection of file cards. A folder structure works well for an individual, but collaborating on distinct levels might result in details turning out to be ambiguous for everyone involved. This situation may make collaborators ponder upon the hassle involved in managing many project files via conventional techniques. planBIM thus offers Private spaces for companies and the ability to create Shared spaces for concurrent data which can be grouped and managed centrally through the app by multiple collaborators.
File cards act as a container for teams to upload or link various BIM files or other project files. A variety of relationships define how these file cards are associated with each other. For example, if an architect updates his model, the dependent structural model file will generate a notification for the concerned engineer. Features like assigning teams or companies to these file cards would elevate the clarity of responsibility.
Usually, any AEC firm prescribes a personal set of templates, blocks and objects, that require daily and regular usage. However, the goal of the Content module will be to standardize and manage such elements. Items like templates or Autodesk REVIT families designed during project development are uploadable on the cloud, which would be accessible to stakeholders. In addition to this, the formerly revised objects are available for anyone to revert to a previous version. The convenience of searching and filtering these objects on the cloud is a huge plus point for any collaborator.
Together with these modules, users can track the Return of Investments (ROI) for the implementation of BIM. They can also create a Request for Information (RFI), assign tasks or even take care of emerging issues through planBIM’s Tracker. Measuring ROIs through this module is much more comfortable with the availability of a simple tabular format of filling up the details such as the time and cost impact for executing BIM. Similarly, every construction project should possess a comfortable workflow for RFIs without hindering its cost, scope or schedule, which planBIM readily delivers. While documenting various issues on any project, engineers use a variety of systems, right from a simple email or a document, to complicated software for resolving gaps. Submodules, viz. Tasks and Issues supply a straightforward method of working out challenges alike.
Everyone is aware of the potential benefits of BIM and would prefer implementing it on their projects in an ideal way. However, the reality is far from it in most projects, given that firms don’t necessarily possess great tools to help manage BIM processes. By mobilizing relevant but dynamic features, planBIM comes to the aid of projects, teams and companies wanting to scale this mountain filled with challenges that lie ahead.
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