Coordinating construction-industry projects can be tough. Effectively sharing valuable information makes things a lot easier.
As a project manager in the construction industry, it can be hard to know who is working on what. Coordinating between your team, your subcontractors, your suppliers and the various people on site can be very challenging. This can see you firing off emails in different directions just to get on top of things, instead of being able to focus on the construction design itself or in getting the project done. Does this sound familiar? Well, you are not alone.
Destroying silos and building communication
Construction projects typically involve many people who work for different companies, each of which has a specific set of tasks to fulfill on site. Unfortunately, working as a single team to achieve the same goal can sometimes be harder than creating a building itself!
If the different parties work in silos, the risk of poor communication is high. Silos mean people lack the information they need to do their job properly and make it harder for the company managing the project to achieve peak performance during the construction process.
Contractors and subcontractors are the ones who typically have access to the data that everyone onsite needs. However, those who are onsite might be using a lot of time looking at some outdated 2D drawings guessing what needs to be done next. Finding the right way to share this information and drive the right actions is the key to success in construction.
Sharing information to create one source of truth, a constructible model
Having a unique source of information within which people can share their plans, know-how, and change requests can also help to build a strong bond between the different people working on the same project. People are more likely to collaborate and be innovative when they’re all using the same source of information, even more if they are participating in creating it.
Critical decisions are also likely to be better when information flows freely and it is available for all the parties involved in a project, and at every stage of the construction process. Communicative collaboration has a positive effect on work quality by reducing mistakes and misunderstandings, too.
Sharing 3D model information with all parties during the entire construction process
Whether you are at the office or onsite, 3D models help everyone to quickly and easily understand their work requirements. Having the information you need to do your job removes any guesswork, significantly reduces RFIs and other unproductive work, and lowers the potential for error. It’s also easier to ensure that construction work progresses on schedule.
Sharing information, collaborating, and creating a constructible 3D model together will save your time and money, and definitely transform the way you do business.
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