How does your firm measure your BIM processes? Do you examine past projects so you have an understanding of how to estimate the cost of BIM for your projects? What data do you use and how effective is in answering your questions? If you see a deviation, how far can you drill down into your process to form an understanding?
Guessing Isn't Good Enough
At BuildingSP, we believe BIM is an example of Big Data because it involves data sets that are too complex to analyze using traditional software tools. Your project files, the project's files stored on the Common Data Environment (CDE), and the For example, the file-based Common Data Environments (CDE) we use on our projects don't allow us to analyze the processes that create models; they analyze the deliverable, not the process. We believe Big Data problems require Big Data approaches.
BuildingSP's cloud solutions - ClashMEP for Teams (C4T) and Virtual Design Analytics (VDA) - use Big Data approaches to collect datasets from your Autodesk Revit processes. This includes leveraging the cloud for dataset storage and access, data collection automation in Revit as users model your projects, and a software architecture characterized by parallel rather than serial processes. These innovations give your firm an unprecedented understanding of the BIM workflows that deliver your projects.
When you use C4T or VDA on your projects, you can answer the following questions about your BIM workflows:
- How many minutes of modeling were spent in a room, which users did the modeling, and what was the timeline of model development for that room?
- How does the modeling effort in the first classroom on a project compare to the last classroom?
- What was the impact to productivity before and after an owner design change?
- How does the initial modeling effort on a project compare to the revision and coordination time?
Why is this important?
When you're interviewing for projects where you're demonstrating the value that you add to a project team, such as jobs with either design-build or integrated project delivery contracts, you have the opportunity to show that your firm leverages data to understand projects, processes, and people. All data has a story and your data proves that you're the best fit for their project. Our goal is to help your firm gain a competitive advantage and build fantastic projects.
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