Over this blog post series I’ll be taking a deep dive into how you can achieve the key benefits of collaborative design in the cloud using Autodesk BIM 360 Team and Collaboration for Revit. If you want to discover the nine key benefits of cloud collaboration (and how they can boost your BIM ROI), download the free eBook “Maximise Your Profit Margins With Design Collaboration”.
Benefit 1: Reduce project error and minimise data friction
Worksharing is commonly known by Revit users and is critical when it comes to collaborative design. Obviously, with collaboration comes communication. The more dispersed teams are the more important efficient communication becomes. Good communication means we not only have a tool to communicate between different designers, but also that we have near real-time understanding of the changes all designers on a BIM project are implementing. Having such a system will indeed reduce project error, as we don’t have to wait for the next project meeting to discuss all topics from all users.
This is implemented in Collaboration for Revit through the ‘Communicator’. A text-based communication platform, integrated within Revit. It allows us to not only communicate to specific designers, but also use communicator to share information with the whole design team, share screenshots of key discussion areas in the design, send emails, and more. Even better, communicator is integrated within the worksharing mechanism in Revit, which means that communicator will inform all designers working on the project when someone is uploading their design changes to the central, cloud-based model. Therefore, we are informed, as design changes occur. No more versioning control headaches!
Furthermore, by easily exposing the model to all stakeholders (and not just designers), we’re making sure that not-Revit users can access the information, without the need for data translation (.rvt to PDF, etc). As Collaboration for Revit is cloud-based, it means this is an added benefit which automatically closes the loop between project stakeholders, such as the project/building owner and the designers. Thanks to the Large Model Viewer (LMV), we can share our design and project files with designated project members, without the need to install viewing software. This reduces the threshold to implement a cloud-based collaborative environment and helps us in delivering the right data at the right time, to the right people.
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After obtaining his master's degree in engineering, Ives Veelaert was a data management consultant within the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) space for several years. He has helped set up the data management structure for many companies, including for the renovation of the European Community building in Brussels. He ...Learn more