Tracking what’s important

One challenge with BIM, especially for GCs and trades, is to create models that are realistic for manufacturing and installation, while respecting the project requirements. A key benefit of BIM is the possibility to solve issues in a virtual environment before actually involving expensive resources and manpower. Many tools on the market help identify those issues, but none of them are specialized in communicating and tracking the issues, to solve the issues. Many times, the efforts to identify the errors are lost because of that missing link. All that good faith ends up partially wasted thus impacting the anticipated benefits of BIM.

Identifying the issues is one thing, making sure they get taken care of, is harder. But in the end, that’s what makes the difference on costs. To be efficient, you need to answer many different questions. As for example; clash detection can generate tons of clashes, once they are identified, who’s responsible for fixing it? How do you bring the information in the authoring software? What’s the priority compared to all the others? You can end up with thousands of clashes and issues with different people involved in the coordination process from many different disciplines. It can be confusing and exhausting. Timing is very important in a project and information needs to be available at hand. This process needs to be simplified to work properly. Otherwise, the most engaged people spend countless hours in meetings to try to identify problems to solve them right away, compiling information in an Excel spreadsheet or isolated in an isolated platform.

In this article, I won’t go through all BIM Track features. I want to show you what you can track, other that interferences. Things that might be very important for your project managers.

BIM Track provides the tools to make issue tracking easy and simple. With our add-ins developed for Revit, Navisworks and Tekla, combined with the BCF compatibility, there is now a way to instantly share all those issues through the cloud.

This « In-Context » workflow allows users to stay in their usual environment (ex: Revit) identifying, communicating and solving issues, not wasting time on inputting information in lists or describe in lengthy emails. The non-BIM experienced stakeholder can use the web platform to manage the issues and visualize the 3D models in a browser. This kind of accessibility is a real participation booster.

The secret resides behind the multiple metadata that can be assign to an issue. Moreover, the comments and attachments are issue based. And finally, the modifications made and information on the author of the modification, are stored and available for future audits or fact finding investigations.

The add-in gives access to the issue list and metadata. Combined filters allows users to focus on what’s important when needed, without leaving the context. Comments are also available from the add-ins as well as the web platform.

Most of the metadata fields can be used in combination to filter the issues.  Don’t forget they can be customized to answer your project specific context.

When a project is underway, many elements can be tracked. The limitation is the imagination of the team and the project specific requirements. We often hear about clash management but what about incorrect functionality such as door hinges side, missing geometries or on the data side, wrong material? Quality control involves validating many different elements which needs to be identified and addressed properly. We use the model coordinates to localize the issues in the model. In a single click, you get redirected in your model directly in front of the issue to solve. Edit the issue to comment or transfer the responsibility to another user, or add an attachment that explains in detail how to fix this.

This list is only a sample of things that can be tracked during the pre-construction phase.

Many issues in that list can result in extra costs for the General Contractor. Documenting the process is very important to justify the extra work needed to make this project a success. The reports are handy when it comes to share with your client or the project manager. You can even export the filtered issues to Excel for more reporting flexibility.

Track what’s important and communicate with stakeholders in an efficient way. What do you want to make sure to keep track of? How valuable is this information? What if you can manage this information easily and use the free time to make this the best project ever?

If you have anything any suggestions of things to track, share with everyone by commenting this post.