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Maximise Your Profit Margins With Design Collaboration (7/9): How to win more work

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Benefit 7: Win more work

The era of connectivity means not only that we can use born in the cloud tools, such as ‘Collaboration for Revit’ (C4R) to optimize communication between project stakeholders, it also means we can harness the power of the cloud to compete on any project out there: calculations, creating stunning visuals, understanding airflows, … all these aspects of building design benefit from using the cloud to help us achieve the best and most aesthetic building we can conceive, which in return can get us the next project to deliver.

In fact, project teams could be enlisted and assembled from anywhere around the globe to bring together the best project team one can think of.

So now we’re working in a team with different technical disciplines. Again, C4R helps us in communicating between these disciplines, based upon workflows we’re already familiar: not only is C4R using the mechanism of worksharing with a central file, located in the cloud (see blog post no 4 ‘How to Spend less on IT’), it also allows us to link in cloud based revit models from different disciplines.

We can then use ‘Copy/Monitor’ to follow up on changed reference elements from other disciplines.

Essentially, as mentioned before, the workflow hasn’t changed. What has changed is the background storage location: the master file and linked files now reside in the cloud for the project team to input data of their own and consume other disciplines’ data, irrelevant of the geographical location.

Referring to blog post no 6 (‘Spend less time coordinating, more time designing’), how does this work in light of publishing to BIM 360 Team for others to review the information? Quite simple: when exposing the master revit file to BIM 360 team, the publishing engine in the background, will also take into account all linked revit files, to come up with a building model that is indeed complete, showing all relevant information, from all disciplines.

The cloud revolutionizes everything: not only can we use cloud computing to solve the most complex design challenges, we can team up with colleagues in other disciplines from around the world to participate in any project out there.

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Ives Veelaert

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 ...

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