Whenever someone mentions a ‘document’, the first thing that comes to most people’s mind is a paper with a masthead and something important written out. In many cases, this explicit content is fully understood just by a select few. Also, most documents in the world are static. By static, it means that these documents do not require any form of revisions and present themselves as a written record of a fact or a set of information in general.
The Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) Industry has been using documents of such kinds for exchanging relevant information. Initially, a report generated in the industry points out all the critical aspects of the project to create an outline. Due to multiple changes occurring in the project, most of these aspects keep on getting updated. To convey these updates, an unnecessary exercise of reviewing and revising the document occurs time and again. Several E-mails and Telephone calls are exchanged to make sure things are on course. Every minor detail is jotted down. These activities consume much time and, thus, a typical Word document or an Excel sheet is not flexible enough to be pummeled through such tasks.
planBIM has been developed to try and eliminate similar issues through the Docs module.
Generally designed for knowledge sharing, Docs lets users collaborate to create an extremely flexible document. Rolling out BIM Execution Plans (BEPs) would be a lot simpler for multiple collaborators from different companies.