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A digital culture shift for the construction industry

Atlas Cloud says cloud-based software can help the construction industry survive the BIM transition

Posted by Stephanie Broad | April 11, 2016 | Technology

As of April 4th, all government-funded construction work must now be undertaken using Building information Modelling (BIM). 

The BIM mandate is the first in a series of major developments in the government’s Construction 2025 strategy. A key strand of which is to have an industry in the UK that is efficient and technologically advanced to meet the growing demands of a global construction market that is forecast to grow by more than 70% in the next decade.

The construction news has been peppered with stories about construction companies achieving verification for Level 2 BIM design and construction. However, the changes required for a successful transition to BIM in practice go much deeper than simply adopting the software and achieving the accreditation. 

Pete Watson, CEO of 3D virtualisation specialists Atlas Cloud, says: “The sector needs to embrace a culture shift in the way they work. The BIM journey is about future-proofing the sector via centralisation of people, processes and technology. 

“Traditionally, BIM data resides on users’ workstations, making it difficult to secure and share with other collaborators in real time. Accessing BIM in the field to make a simple edit or analyse a change in real time is therefore impossible.

“This presents a challenge in a sector where 90% of the building and construction workforce is project-based and out on site. BIM files shared across design centres are not efficient, nor do they support real-time collaboration. Not only does this erode efficiency and push up costs, but it can also increase the risk of litigation challenges to a project.

“Remote access cloud technologies are about enabling project teams to beat these challenges. We’re bringing the tools together in a virtual way and then integrating the data so that everybody is working in a standard way and has all the information they need at their fingertips.”

Using their bespoke Virtual Project Office, Atlas Cloud is able to allow the real time sharing of data and also to integrate and deliver complex applications over Citrix. Logging into the cloud from any mobile or desktop device therefore means that workers can access and use BIM software while they are on the move.

Pete continues: “Cloud based software allows the site worker, the home worker, the worker on the move, and the worker at the international office to connect to a virtual workspace from everywhere. It’s a strategic fit with the very nature of the work of the construction industry, where collaboration and communication are key. 

“IT was once a central overhead for construction companies. But embracing cloud connectivity could allow firms to save money, working on cost-per-user basis, dependant on the number of people working on a project.” 

www.atlascloud.co.uk

 

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