A Platform to Build: Assessing Team Collaboration in the Work-from-Home Era
- on December 02, 2020
- Categories: Civil Infrastructure Articles and Discussions
The great strides the industry has made in the adoption and use of collaboration tools has paid off in a big way this year. While this year has been challenging for many AEC companies, the increased emphasis on connecting teams in different parts of the country or even the world has helped many survive and even thrive.
I am hearing from clients that they are executing projects successfully as a team when working outside the office with help from Internet-based solutions. Gone are the days when project teams had to copy files to flash drive.
Many are utilizing FTP sites, which are a huge improvement over flash drives. However, FTP sites are very simplistic—essentially they store files for upload and download. A cloud-based solution such as BIM 360 is a storage solution …and much more.
BIM 360 brings more automation to the collaboration workflow. It allows for advanced communication on the project team by notifying team members when files are uploaded, edited and even when assigned tasks have been performed. Team members can also be assured that they are working on the correct document version with BIM 360’s versioning capabilities. As well, cloud-based collaboration solutions are typically more secure than other alternatives.
But the real value of a platform such as BIM 360 could be the cross-discipline capabilities. BIM 360 even has the technology to support data shortcuts from the Civil 3D software typically used by civil engineering firms.
Fundamentally, BIM 360 is a core initiative to build—and a vital piece of the technology puzzle that will keep AEC firms communicating and projects on track, on time and on budget.
I was recently interviewed by Tom Temin of GovIT, a DLT Solutions Podcast where I go more in depth with this very topic. Go here to take a listen!