One of the key advantages BIM offers is its intrinsic collaborative aspect. The aim of BIM is basically to facilitate and foster coordination between the various different parties working together on complex projects. It is estimated that between 30 and 40 percent of financial loss in construction projects is linked to bad coordination. Because they are real-time based, therefore, BIM solutions available via cloud-based platforms are an effective answer to the challenge of enabling all the various parties involved to collaborate dynamically.
With the huge expansion in the use of mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and even smart glasses on building sites, there is no longer any room for doubt that the construction professions are undergoing a process of digitalization. Cloud-based BIM apps enable members of the same team working together on a project to have real-time access to information about the building and to any updates/changes. In the context of the maintenance, this could translate to data relating to equipment maintenance, the history of the work and tasks carried out, or the ability to report an incident. Having a unique database of this kind available therefore eliminates the need to waste time searching for information and, as a consequence, enables potential gains in productivity. In fact, collaborative digital models enable savings to the tune of 12 days per year, per worker/staff member, which translates to significant savings for companies managing large numbers of properties.
And the cloud also provides a solution to the problem of the limited power of individual PCs/laptops. Architects and consulting engineers, for example, require considerable mathematical processing power in order to work with CAD software such as Revit® or with the point clouds produced by 3D laser scanners. The ability to transfer this processing to remote servers eliminates the need for additional investment in IT equipment. This is the case, for example, with Snapkin’s point-cloud processing technology. The algorithmic work is carried out in the cloud, thus freeing up businesses’ own resources and enabling them to benefit from improvements in the technology in real time, without any need for updates.
The cloud would therefore seem to be the ally of choice when it comes to efficiently undertaking projects using BIM and involving a multitude of stakeholders, and without geographic location acting as a hindrance to the work being completed to a high standard.