The AEC industry, and especially the BIM industry, generates a massive amount of files during project development. Most of these files exist in locations where they are difficult to access without knowing their exact spot. This dilemma is solvable in a system where individuals deal with folder structures on a one to one basis. However, BIM Engineers work on collaborative techniques. Project files may undergo countless reviews or may require a complete revision. Since megaprojects involve multiple teams, handling and maintaining these files becomes a challenging task.
Common Data Environment (CDE) is the concept of sharing information on the project between all members. The infinite canvas of planBIM Maps module acts as a catalyst for creating these real-time environments. Companies and stakeholders may approach this module in a couple of ways. The first would be the creation of a Private Space, which is company-specific. Teams within an organisation can maintain and update their project files in this section of Maps. Shared Spaces, on the other hand, would let companies or teams share particular data. For example, Architecture, Structural and MEP teams working on a project would create Private Spaces for exclusive files. However, for collaborating on different levels, these teams will make use of a Shared Space.