Reducing costs, increasing productivity and improving collaboration with BIM and Autodesk Revit

In the second of a four-part series, looking at how engineering teams are responding to the increasing challenges of improving process efficiencies and driving cost-savings, we discuss the importance of collaborative working and how integrating with Building Information Modeling (BIM) tools can be a driving force.

BIM

BIM is becoming more widely adopted on construction and engineering projects as companies realize the benefits of implementing this process. BIM uses intelligent 3D models which are maintained throughout the asset lifecycle with the potential to deliver significant efficiencies and cost-savings. 

Collaboration between engineering teams is encouraged but frequently the sharing of information can be difficult with information held in different formats, across systems used by different teams. The challenge faced by owner operators and EPCs is that in the case of Revit models used for BIM, these are often held outside of their engineering document management system (EDMS) and therefore, uncontrolled and not subject to formal version control and auditing.  It can be difficult to maintain a central up-to-date Revit model when there is no process in place for controlled review and approval. As a result, companies are looking to integrate their EDMS and BIM solutions to bridge this gap.

Bringing existing tools together and making current processes work more efficiently is a recurring theme when looking at driving cost-savings. Often the tools and processes are already in place, teams simply need to integrate more effectively to maximize capabilities. McLaren Software has developed an integration between Autodesk Revit and EDMS to provide a secure, collaborative environment for connecting models, teams and project data - as well as enabling concurrent editing of models. The integration supports 2D and 3D cuts of the model so that these can be quickly and easily attached to internal and external review and approval workflows, enabling cross-discipline reviews, comment consolidation and management - all directly from the EDMS ribbon on the Revit interface.  For those without access to Revit, integration of the sheetset capability into the EDMS means that they can still interact with the process.

Put simply, the Revit model is maintained as the single source of truth. A full history of communication, status and progress for the full documentation set for project handover is provided, with assets linked to documentation for Operations and Maintenance.

From build, through handover, operation and maintenance, BIM promotes information reuse at every stage of the asset lifecycle.

For more about BIM, download our latest e-book - BIM: A Blueprint for Success. Or, to learn more about how McLaren Software integrates with Revit Contact us and  download the quick guide.