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No Clashing Here: Cloud-Based Platforms Verifi3D and BIM Track Working Together to Capture Issues During Model Checking Through to Resolution

Xinaps is excited to announce that Verifi3D, its cloud-based model checker, is now connected with BIM Track, the leading issue-tracking platform for BIM coordination, further enhancing the workflows of professionals in the AEC industry and empowering users with advanced coordination, collaboration and validation processes. 

Offered as a SaaS (Software as a Service) solution, Verifi3D allows users to classify their BIM data, visualize it in the Verifi3D Viewer, validate it using customizable rules and rulesets, and export and assign issues across various formats in real-time. BIM Track enables users to track issues from identification through to resolution with simplified communication, cross-platform interoperability, and coordination automation. Together, this results in improved speed of procuring valuable data analytics and reporting. Thanks to this new integration, users can publish issues from Verifi3D to BIM Track with individual assignation, due date, priority, status, type, location coordinates, and any associated screenshots. Issues can then be located directly in BIM Track’s add-ins with Naviworks, Revit, Tekla, AutoCAD, or Archicad for a quick resolution.

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Building better is our mission,” says Frank Schuyer, CEO of Xinaps.By providing AEC professionals with powerful, intuitive, and user-driven tools, the model checking process can become more efficient. With Verifi3D, we are addressing the question of early data validation in a clear, easy-to-use manner. We are also devoted to answering the industry’s need for a digitized model checking process. By integrating with BIM Track, we have the opportunity to optimize processes real-time, coordinate all necessary information between project participants and contribute to a better building process.

The Verifi3D and BIM Track integration provides a truly efficient communication channel to track issues until they are resolved in the authoring software. It’s an exciting time for the industry since this new workflow provides a 100% web-based checking solution for BIM projects.– Carl Veillette, Co-Founder and VP Product at BIM Track

Connecting Verifi3D’s model checking capabilities with BIM Track’s issue-tracking platform provides a seamless and efficient coordination workflow. This unique integration offers the best of both worlds: increase efficiency and leverage the power of model checking for a more efficient and optimized workflow.

More information about Verifi3D and Xinaps can be found at [email protected] or review the integration in the BIM Track Integrations page.

About Xinaps

Xinaps is the company behind Verifi3D, a cloud-based model checking solution for BIM models. Verifi3D optimizes and automates existing BIM workflows in the late design and pre-construct phase. Together with you, as innovators in the AEC industry, we provide solutions that modernize the field and help build smarter, safer, and better buildings for everyone. We believe in building better. 

About BIM Track

BIM Track is a web-based BIM Model coordination and collaboration platform. Thanks to BIM Track, all stakeholders can track issues, questions, comments, clashes, RFIs, and more directly in their preferred software Whether in Navisworks, Revit, Tekla structures, or any construction software, users connect through custom-designed plugins or integration, so nobody needs to leave their everyday environment. Because the coordination data is centralized, setting accountability and easy tracking of the evolution of projects is a snap. With the viewer, all non-BIM stakeholders can also review and comment easily.  

With BIM Track, better coordination = better buildings.

Victoria Salvador

Victoria Salvador

Director of Marketing
BIM Track

Milu Sini Lal

Milu Sini Lal

Marketing Executive
Xinaps

Verifi3D deepens integration with Autodesk BIM 360 to streamline model coordination and collaboration for construction teams!

Xinaps is thrilled to announce that Verifi3D, the cloud-based model checking solution for the AEC industry is tightly synced with Autodesk® BIM 360®, now part of the Autodesk Construction CloudTM. With Verifi3D’s latest release, customers can now integrate with BIM 360 Issues, taking issue management to a whole new level for mutual customers.

 

The construction industry is going through a digital transformation journey, leading to rising demand for better model coordination between teams and better-integrated workflows. A significant part of the classification and checking of building models is still performed manually, costing significant time and effort and leading to errors. Although every project is different, common challenges include model coordination and the lack of interdisciplinary coordination between designers, engineers, and contractors.

 

Verifi3D bridges gaps between design and the construction stages. It is a dedicated model checker that lets the teams work more collaboratively and gets more done in the cloud in real-time. As an agnostic solution, Verifi3D is integrated with Common Data Environments (CDEs), such as Autodesk Construction Cloud and BIM 360. It also now integrates with BIM 360 for issue management and tracking.

 

What does the integration with BIM 360 mean for you? 

 

Teams can easily create and assign issues and then track them to resolution, allowing them to instantly view all constructability issues in real-time in the cloud.

 

Regardless of place, time, or solution you’re working with, you get the most up-to-date, most accurate models and issues in BIM 360 and Verifi3D. The BIM 360 integration provides Verifi3D users with a centralized issue hub for clashes discovered during model coordination, enabling them to visualize, investigate and manage issues without needing to switch between software applications. Users can generate issues from both BIM 360 and Verifi3D, making updates easy to share and providing relevant stakeholders access to more up-to-date and accurate data.

 

Effective model coordination and collaboration is essential on modern construction projects,” says James Cook, head of integrations at Autodesk Construction Solutions. “Our new integration with Verfi3D further streamlines model coordination workflows for project teams so they can improve model quality and reduce potential downstream risks and rework.

 

Frank Schuyer, CEO of Xinaps quotes, “This integration helps our clients identify and resolve issues in a faster, more traceable way. It takes the user workflow for design evaluations to the next level. Gone are the days when you had to export reports and send emails back and forth just to get reviews done, which invariably resulted in data and time loss.

 

Connect Verifi3D’s model checking capabilities with BIM 360’s issue tracking platform for a more efficient coordination workflow. 

Autodesk, BIM 360 and Autodesk Construction Cloud are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders

Milu Sini Lal

Milu Sini Lal

Marketing Executive
Xinaps

Verifi3D supports NL/SfB – The Dutch classification for building components!

Verifi3D now supports NL/SfB as a classification filter set. NL/SfB is the most commonly used classification for building components in the Netherlands. The Verifi3D application provides a library of templates to help make the model checking process easy.

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The NL/SfB is derived from the international CI/SfB classification. With NL/SfB the BIM elements can be organised in Verifi3D based on standardised classification codes. Specialists can now leverage the NL/SfB template to simplify the model checking process by checking classification codes of a Revit or an IFC model and organize models by the NL/SfB system within Verifi3D.

When the NL/SfB template is imported into Verifi3D, specialists can run filters to show elements with specific classification codes, classify by running a single to isolate elements with a certain classification code, or run one or more filters sets to visualize multiple categories at once. By using classification filters, the BIM elements can be visually inspected to determine how the classification codes are used and if they are used as intended. Specialists can further validate by creating rules based on NL/SfB classification codes, checking if all elements have been assigned a classification code and if the classification code used is correct. Furthermore, it is possible to report and export results to Excel, CSV, or PDF file formats, and can create quantity take-offs based on NL/SfB classification codes!

The Verifi3D interface looks like the below:

With the NL/SfB template, professionals can leverage the solution and check the classification data of the model. It is possible to check project-specific requirements on elements filtered with NL/SfB codes. Users can download project templates that can be shared, amended, and taken into other projects and simplify the model-checking process. The interaction between user access roles & templates simplifies the data validation process.

In addition to NL/SfB, Verifi3D supports NAA.K.T., the Dutch material naming standard. Connect with Verifi3D’s model checking capabilities for a more efficient coordination workflow.

Milu Sini Lal

Milu Sini Lal

Marketing Executive
Xinaps

Verifi3D supports NL/SfB!

Verifi3D now supports NL/SfB as a classification filter set. NL/SfB is the most commonly used classification for building components in the Netherlands. The Verifi3D application provides a library of templates to help make the model checking process easy.

The NL/SfB is derived from the international CI/SfB classification. With NL/SfB, the BIM elements can be organised in Verifi3D based on standardised classification codes. Users can now leverage the NL/SfB template to simplify the model checking process by checking classification codes of a Revit or an IFC model and organize models by the NL/SfB system.

With the NL/SfB template, users can leverage the solution and check the classification data of the model. In addition to NL/SfB, Verifi3D supports NAA.K.T., the Dutch material naming standard. Connect with Verifi3D’s model checking capabilities for a more efficient coordination workflow

Stay tuned for more!

Milu Sini Lal

Milu Sini Lal

Marketing Executive
Xinaps

Verifi3D ondersteunt NAA.K.T. (Naam, Kenmerk, Toepassing) – De Nederlandse materiaal naamgeving standaard!

Verifi3D ondersteunt nu de Nederlandse materiaalnaamgevingsstandaard NAA.K.T. (Naam, Kenmerk, Toepassing) als classificatiefilterset. De Verifi3D applicatie biedt een bibliotheek van templates om het model controle proces te vergemakkelijken.

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Met de hulp van duurzaamheidsspecialisten, leveranciers, ontwikkelaars, bouwers en architecten heeft BIM Loket een industrie brede materialenlijst voor BIM ontwikkeld, genaamd NAA.K.T. Met NAA.K.T. kunnen elementen worden georganiseerd op basis van materiaalnaam, eigenschap en toepassing. NAA.KT wordt ondersteund door het BIM Loket en de BIM basis ILS. Gebruikers kunnen nu gebruik maken van het NAA.K.T. sjabloon om het modelcontroleproces te vereenvoudigen door de materiaalnamen van een Revit of een IFC model te controleren en modellen te organiseren op basis van de NAA.K.T. classificatiecodes binnen Verifi3D.

NAA.K.T. biedt een oplossing voor verhoogde bruikbaarheid van BIM modellen voor alle belanghebbenden in een bouwproject; van ontwerp tot sloopfase. Met use cases zoals:

  • Visualisatie processen
  • Duurzaamheidsberekeningen
  • Hoeveelhedenafnames en schattingen
  • Kleur- en materiaalstaten en technische beschrijvingen
  • Werkvoorbereiding en inkoopprocessen
  • Beheer- en onderhoudsplannen
  • Lifecycle tracking van materialen tijdens ontwerpfase, bouw, beheer en hergebruik

Wanneer de NAA.K.T. template is geïmporteerd in Verifi3D, kunnen gebruikers filters uitvoeren om elementen met specifieke materialen te tonen, classificeren door één of meerdere filters uit te voeren om enkele of meerdere materialen tegelijk te visualiseren om te bepalen hoe materialen worden gebruikt en of ze correct worden gebruikt. Gebruikers kunnen verder valideren door regels te creëren op basis van NAA.K.T. classificatiecodes, controleren of aan alle elementen een materiaal is toegewezen en of het gebruikte materiaal correct is. Bovendien kunnen gebruikers resultaten rapporteren en exporteren naar Excel-, CSV- of PDF-bestandsformaten, en kunnen ze hoeveelheidsafnames maken op basis van de NAA.K.T.-classificatie!

De Verifi3D-interface ziet er als volgt uit:

Het aanhouden van een vaste volgorde in naamgeving zorgt voor betrouwbare data, en gebruikers kunnen de essentie van een materiaal duidelijk en ondubbelzinnig vastleggen. Dankzij de NAA.K.T. template kunnen Verifi3D gebruikers de oplossing gebruiken en de datakwaliteit van het model controleren door ervoor te zorgen dat het beste model het haalt tot de actualisatie van het project. Verder kunnen project specifieke classificaties zoals kamernummers en gebouwnamen ook worden uitgedrukt in een classificatie filter set en worden gebruikt als templates. Gebruikers kunnen projectsjablonen downloaden die kunnen worden gedeeld, gewijzigd en meegenomen in andere projecten en die het modelcontroleproces vereenvoudigen. De interactie tussen toegangsrollen van gebruikers en sjablonen vereenvoudigt het gegevensvalidatieproces.

NAA.K.T. is een goed uitgangspunt voor het standaardiseren van materiaalbenamingsconventies. Naast NAA.K.T. ondersteunt Verifi3D NL/SfB, de meest gebruikte classificatie voor bouwcomponenten in Nederland. Sluit aan op Verifi3D’s model controle mogelijkheden voor een efficiëntere coördinatie workflow.

Milu Sini Lal

Milu Sini Lal

Marketing Executive
Xinaps

Verifi3D supports NAA.K.T. (Naam, Kenmerk, Toepassing) – The Dutch material naming standard!

Verifi3D now supports the Dutch material naming standard NAA.K.T. (Naam, Kenmerk, Toepassing) as a classification filter set. The Verifi3D application provides a library of templates to help make the model checking process easier.

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With the help of sustainability specialists, suppliers, developers, builders and architects, BIM Loket developed an industry-wide materials list for BIM, called NAA.K.T. With NAA.K.T., elements can be organized based on material name, characteristic and application. NAA.KT is supported by the BIM Loket and the BIM basic ILS. Users can now leverage the NAA.K.T. template to simplify model checking process by checking the material names of a Revit or an IFC model and organize models by the NAA.K.T. classification codes within Verifi3D.

NAA.K.T. offers a solution for increased usability of BIM models for all stakeholders on a building project; from design to demolition phase. With use cases like:

  • Visualization processes
  • Sustainability calculations
  • Quantity take-offs and estimates
  • Color & material statements and technical descriptions
  • Work preparation and purchasing processes
  • Management and maintenance plans
  • Lifecycle tracking of materials during design phase, construction, management and reuse

When the NAA.K.T. template is imported into Verifi3D, users can run filters to show elements with specific materials, classify by running a single or more filter to visualize single or multiple materials at once to determine how materials are used and if they are used correctly. Users can further validate by creating rules based on NAA.K.T. classification codes, check if all elements have assigned a material and if the material used is correct. Furthermore, users can report and export results to Excel, CSV or PDF file formats, and can create quantity take-offs based on NAA.K.T. classification!

The Verifi3D interface looks like the below:

Maintaining a fixed order in naming ensures reliable data, and users can capture the essence of a material clearly and unambiguously. Thanks to the NAA.K.T. template, Verifi3D users can leverage the solution and check the data quality of the model by ensuring the best model make it to actualization of the project. Furthermore, project-specific classifications like room numbers and building names can also be expressed in a classification filter set and used as templates. Users can download project templates that can be shared, amended and taken into other projects and simplify the model-checking process. The interaction between user access roles & templates simplifies the data validation process.

NAA.K.T. is a good starting point for standardizing material naming conventions. In addition to NAA.K.T., Verifi3D supports NL/SfB, the most commonly used classification for building components in the Netherlands. Connect with Verifi3D’s model checking capabilities for a more efficient coordination workflow

Milu Sini Lal

Milu Sini Lal

Marketing Executive
Xinaps

NAA.K.T. is now available in Verifi3D!

BIM enthusiasts, we hear you!

NAA.K.T. (Naam, Kenmerk, Toepassing), the Dutch material naming standard is now available in Verifi3D as a classification filter set. The Verifi3D application provides a library of templates to help make the model checking process easy.

With the help of sustainability specialists, suppliers, developers, builders and architects, BIM Loket developed an industry-wide materials list for BIM, called NAA.K.T. 

With NAA.K.T., elements can be organized based on material name, characteristic and application. Users can now leverage the NAA.K.T. template to simplify the model checking process by checking the material names of a Revit or an IFC model and organize models by the NAA.K.T. classification codes.

Maintaining a fixed order in naming ensures reliable data, and users can capture the essence of material clearly and unambiguously. Thanks to the NAA.K.T. template, users can leverage the solution and check the data quality of the model by ensuring the best model make it to the actualization of the project. 

NAA.K.T. is a good starting point for standardizing material naming conventions. In addition to NAA.K.T., Verifi3D supports NL/SfB, the most commonly used classification for building components in the Netherlands. Connect with Verifi3D’s model checking capabilities for a more efficient coordination workflow.


Stay tuned for more!

Milu Sini Lal

Milu Sini Lal

Marketing Executive
Xinaps

clash detection bim

Clash in a smarter way!

Building Information Modeling is a method of achieving collaboration and coordination in the implementation of design and other aspects of a construction project. Engineering design is a dynamic field that necessitates effective coordination among a variety of stakeholders to achieve desired results. Building design project entails multiple stakeholders, including structural engineers, architects, contractors, suppliers, and vendors, which can make the project completion process extremely complicated and complex. Furthermore, the entire building design and construction ecosystem are confronted with the difficulty of project completion on schedule. Precision and accuracy are key aspects throughout the design phase in such a circumstance.

 

Clash detection is a term used frequently by AEC firms. Three-dimensional drafting of computational models allows for this type of early detection of discrepancies in the design process. Detecting discrepancies is critical because they can have a significant impact on the construction process, resulting in delays, design changes, material costs, and budget overruns. Clashes are typical in construction projects with multidisciplinary teams working on a single construction project. Clashes can be geometric, with one structure passing through where it shouldn’t, or schedule-based, with elements occurring concurrently rather than sequentially.

 

There are three types of clashes: hard clash, soft clash and workflow clash. Many hard and soft clashes, as well as workflow clashes, occur when designs from various disciplines are combined on a shared platform. 

 

If such model coordination is not done properly this can result in significant rework. For example, problems occur when the MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) models have not been checked against the structural models. This can result in concrete formwork having to be reworked to allow for conduits to pass through. This is very expensive and unnecessary. By evaluating the constructability or operations of the structure, BIM effectively assists contractors and construction engineers in discovering these clashes.

 

Clashes existed even before the advent of building information modeling methodology in older construction projects. Their detection, on the other hand, was time-consuming since it was mostly done manually. Construction crews would lay out the 2D blueprints and manually check for any potential clashes. 

 

Working as part of a multidisciplinary team might be difficult due to the high level of BIM model coordination and administration that is required. Modern clash detection techniques have the advantage of detecting clashes early and resolving them before the design is built. As a result, a large sum of money can be saved.

 

Types

 

The term clash detection encompasses a variety of clashes. There are three types of clashes: hard clash, soft clash and workflow clash.

 

Hard clash: A hard clash occurs when two objects take up an identical space. Hard clash detection is carried out using algorithms that are built in the BIM object and are based on geometry and rules.

 

Soft clash: A soft clash indicates that an object has not been given sufficient geometric tolerances in the design phase or if its buffer zone has been violated. Soft clash detection can even show whether or not an object complies with building codes.

 

Workflow clash: A workflow clash results from inconsistent or conflicting building information. This form of clash occurs when elements occur simultaneously rather than sequentially. 

 

Why do clashes occur? 

 

Clashes are usually discovered and resolved in BIM coordination, at a moment in time when a model or several models together are handed over to other parties. If so, they are resolved only when the model itself is already considered finished. Clashes used to be discovered when the models of all contributing parties were considered to be final.

 

The causes of clashes are multiple. Only some clashes may occur because of technical errors. The most obvious causes are plain design or modeling errors. But beyond that, the modeled components clash because of differences in the modeled level of detail, or there may be differences in the geometric representations between different software and model formats.

 

More common causes come down to the process, due to the fact that digital models necessitate completeness and precision even when the design is still in development. When multiple parties contribute models, they all have insufficient information about the final design. Insufficient information will necessitate them to place placeholders with exaggerated geometries. In other cases, the model may express not definitive geometry but merely design intent. These models may nonetheless persist even into the detailing phase. Finally, lack of (specificity in) design rules will cause parties that model concurrently to intrude into one another’s design space.

 

Quintessentially, clashes are a symptom of the siloed nature of construction project teams, where partners from multiple disciplines work isolated from one another. Even when cloud-based common data environments are available, they might not (sufficiently) support clash detection, and there may be a need for but lack of experts who can execute the checks.

 

To some extent, to expect no clashes at all could be considered even unrealistic, because all parties must submit their work due before deadlines, regardless of the complexities of the design. In that case, clashes are an opportunity for a project team to become aware of unresolved design issues and to adjust their planning to accommodate for previously unknown challenges before they grow out of hand or are even passed down to the next phase.

 

How to spot clashes?

 

Verifi3D supports clash detection in three forms: manually, automated, and assisted.

 

Manual clashing is supported by simple to use, easy 3D navigation. Using Section Box and Measurement Line tools, and either element orbit or first-person view, the user can visually inspect clashes. Selective display supported by features such as Element browser, Filters, context-dependent Smart Filters, and the innovative ghosting slider allows the user multiple ways in which they can classify the building information and obtain displays of the information they need in order to find clashes. While time-consuming, manual clashing well done is an efficient way for the human user to gain a higher-level understanding of the underlying causes of clashes that occur in the models and allows them to formulate their findings accordingly. Challenging our desire to automate everything, this process is very suitable in the design phase, where the relative truthiness of the digital models depends on many factors that are hard to grasp for computers and may elude even the most complex algorithms.

 

Automated clash checks can be set up by using one of Verifi3D’s built-in clash algorithms to create parametrically defined Rule Sets. Catering to different scenarios, Verifi3D has a hard Clash Check, a soft clash check called “Free Space Check” (upcoming), and intersection checks that test individual and federated models for any occurring intersections.

 

Assisted clash checking can be understood as a hybrid between manual and automated checks, made possible by the simple and interactive user interface in Verifi3D. The aim is seamless transitions from purely manual checking to the use of user-defined filters, to the use of algorithmic checks. In construction projects, there are always edge cases and unforeseen situations. Assisted checking workflows allow the user to make manual checking more efficient, and to make automated checking more meaningful.

 

How to resolve clashes? 

 

Through integrations with both CDEs such as Autodesk Construction Cloud and Autodesk BIM 360 and issue trackers such as BIM Track, BIMcollab and BIM 360 issues, V3D integrates into your workflow. It allows all users to check their clashes even before they hand over their models. More frequent checking means that modelers become aware of issues earlier in time and contact their project partners ahead of time if necessary. More frequent checking means fewer issues accumulate. Fast feedback loops between checks and authoring software, allow partners to bring together and align their models in one shared, up-to-date environment with minimal effort.

 

How to avoid clashes? 

 

Verifi3D comes with all ingredients for avoiding clashes. Once the project team has agreed to work in a BIM workflow that includes model coordination in Verifi3D, it is possible to make use of advanced clash detection algorithms and to create checking templates to be used by all members of the project team. Then model coordination can take place based on a common data environment. Checking becomes a distributed, collective activity, executed together by all members of the team, in a shared workspace. This allows for a pro-active, iterative workflow, in which feedback from the data validation tool is constantly available, akin to a spell-checker. This allows designers to gain shared situational awareness and to be better informed and more accurate with their model output.

 

Conclusion

 

As more data in standard formats are combined into models, software tools are likely to become more sophisticated. Working on a single collaborative, coordinated building model rather than numerous models brought together to form a single complete model at key stages should significantly reduce the number of project clashes.

 

Clash detection is a core feature of any BIM verification tool, and Verifi3D can detect clashes between one or more architectural objects in a BIM model. Save time by automating clash detection and improve the quality of the models by validating data early. Verifi3D provides designers and general contractors with the tools they need to validate BIM data, automate, and reduce clashes in real-time during the model checking process. 

 

Clash detection should be easy. With Verifi3D – we allow more people within the company to get involved earlier in the process. Clash detection should be done collaboratively and in real-time, this is possible in Verifi3D. Clash detection is more than error detection. Verifi3D is providing a much-needed lifeline for an industry beset by thousands of challenges by offering everyone the ability to visualize, evaluate, and eliminate clashes in advance. 

 

Digitized clash detection workflow allows teams to share and collaborate on the same project more easily and efficiently. Clash detection enhances BIM and helps in effectively identifying, inspecting, and reporting potential conflicts and interferences in a construction project model. Prioritize the issues that require immediate attention and assign and sync issues with issue trackers such as BIM Track, BIMcollab and BIM 360 issues in real-time in the cloud. The high level of collaboration and organization engendered by clash detection reduces the risk of human error during the model inspection and reduces the amount of rework and change orders required, lowering project cost, completion date and quality.

 

Clash detection is becoming more common among architectural, engineering, and construction firms of all sizes. 3D modeling with clash detection is a must-have for today’s builders and related industries due to the cost savings and efficiencies it provides. Reduce rework for both preconstruction and construction teams by ensuring that the highest-quality designs make it to the site.

Contributors:

Dr. Christian Friedrich

Dr. Christian Friedrich

Product Owner
Verifi3D by Xinaps

Milu Sini Lal

Milu Sini Lal

Marketing Executive
Xinaps

Meet Verifi3D by Xinaps at the Digital Construction Week this November!

Xinaps will be showcasing Verifi3D, a cloud-based model checking solution for the AEC industry at London’s Digital Construction Week this November.

Digital Construction Week is the UK’s only event dedicated to digital construction, engineering, design, manufacturing, and operation. This year the event takes place on the 24th and 25th of November 2021 at ExCel London with an expected 6,000 visitors from across the industry.

Max Fenton, BIM Practice Specialist at KPF will be speaking on the Tech Stage on “How Verifi3D enabled the KPF team to leverage the power of data validation: Model checking through predefined rulesets” on the 25th of November, 2021 at 10:15 AM. The session will focus on how using Verifi3D, a cloud-based model checking solution has helped KPF leverage the power of data validation.

In addition to the session, we will be showcasing demos, videos, and a place to engage with our team. Aside from mitigating risks in the pre-construction stage, Verifi3D simplifies the model checking workflow. With the implementation of Common Data Environment (CDEs) such as Autodesk Construction Cloud and added integrations with BIM Track and BIMcollab, teams can now manage the model coordination workflow, including clash detection, validation, and reporting in one environment. Build smarter with better data and save cost on rework.

Visit our team at stand A57 at the Digital Construction Week and experience how Verifi3D is revolutionizing the AEC industry! Come by and get an insight into how to simplify model checking in the cloud.

Revolutionize your building projects and hear from expert speaker such as Max Fenton, BIM Practice Specialist at KPF about the future of digital construction. Save your spot at the Digital Construction Week with no cost to attend and network with your peers to share ideas and experiences!

Milu Sini Lal

Milu Sini Lal

Marketing Executive
Xinaps

The 5 most important ways in which cloud computing is transforming model coordination

Introduction:

Cloud computing is a relatively new phenomenon in the construction industry. In recent years, cloud computing has exploded, with businesses of all sizes and across all industries shifting to Platform as a Service (PaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS) models.

Cloud computing enables the delivery over the ‘cloud’ (the internet) of a variety of computing services, such as storage, databases, networking, servers, software, and analytics, giving building professionals access to faster and more flexible resources.

BIM is no exception to this trend.

There are numerous advantages to creating, managing, validating, checking and sharing BIM models in the cloud for the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry.

Cloud-based BIM in construction projects isn’t just about remote work; it’s also about dispersed teams and collaboration. Individuals from a variety of organizations, such as architecture firms, engineering firms, general contractors, and specialist subcontractors, make up project teams. These teams can benefit from cloud-based BIM whether they are working from home, in the office, or on-site.

The construction industry is investment intensive due to which they are hesitant to experiment with new technology. While cloud computing has a lot of potential in the construction industry, such applications are not widespread. There is a knowledge gap that must be filled to assist the construction industry in adopting cloud computing technology. And while the thought of cloud-based software may seem intimidating to those in the construction business who have been utilizing pen and paper, spreadsheets, and other manual methods for communication and project management, there are other construction perks to consider.

Cloud computing – How is it transforming data validation?

Cloud computing is gaining traction in the construction industry as companies realize the advantages of cloud computing such as flexibility, dependability, security, convenience, and efficiency over on-premises solutions. The 5 most important ways cloud computing is changing data validation in the construction industry are as follows:

  1. Improved model coordination:
    A significant part of the classification and checking of building models is still performed manually, costing a lot of time, effort and is prone to error. Although every project is different, the most common challenges are model coordination and the lack of interdisciplinary coordination between designers, engineers and contractors. These challenges lead to rising demand for better model coordination between teams, as the industry is still lacking an integrated workflow. Verifi3D bridges the gap between the design and the construction stage. Through an integrated workflow, Verifi3D empowers customers with a set of options that can help them classify their input data, validate and visualize their building model, report possible flaws and share them in real-time with the whole team. Teams can manage the whole model coordination workflow including classification, rules and checks, and issues management in one environment. Manage clashes and assign issues using issue trackers such as BIM Track and BIM 360 Issues to various members of the team. All the teams need in one great cloud solution! With improved model coordination, find and resolve conflicts between building components before they become costly to change orders.
  2. Better collaboration:
    There are several stakeholders with whom project-related updates need to be shared. To meet project deadlines, it is also necessary to collaborate with different teams at the same time. In today’s highly competitive business world, lost productive time equals lost money. This is where the cloud can come in handy. Through browser-based interfaces, all interested parties can promptly and securely access and work on the same cloud-based file from their location at any time using PCs, laptops, and tablets. All you need is access to the internet. For example, using Verifi3D enables project managers to easily share content with subcontractors, vendors, building owners, and investors to keep them in the loop about a project’s progress. As a result, each of them can work more efficiently to complete the project on time. Additionally, architects and engineers can collaborate on a BIM project that is being carried out in an architectural and engineering firm’s office using cloud computing, even if they are at different locations.
  3. Enhanced data security:
    Project data must be handled carefully, whether it is related to a construction site design, frequent updates, or concerns that arise. It is an important component of a project’s timeline till it is completed. Keeping this information on the office’s local computers renders it vulnerable to situations like system failure, data theft, and so on. The loss of data connected to a construction project is a mistake for the contractor who is working on it. To keep the clients’ data safe and secure, most cloud service providers employ data security technologies such as data encryption, intrusion detection and firewalls. With Verifi3D users can load models locally or sync models automatically with Common Data Environments (CDEs) such as Autodesk Construction Cloud and Autodesk BIM 360. Having all the project data in one place simplifies analysis and reporting while also increasing accuracy. Housing the data in the cloud as a backup ensures that they are protected in any situation and are only accessible to authorized users. Furthermore, cloud-based systems process data at a faster rate than on-premises systems, saving project managers time and allowing them to quickly and easily share results across teams and regions.
  4. Lower costs:
    Cloud computing’s versatility allows businesses to select the storage, processing, and sophisticated services that best suit their needs. Firms can invest in their digital infrastructure rather than purchasing computers and backup drives, which depreciate quickly. The best thing is that when technology advances, new software versions and updates are provided in real-time through the internet, allowing companies to take advantage of them right away. The exorbitant expense of hardware is eliminated with cloud computing. For example, Verifi3D offers three packages which are monthly subscriptions that can be activated anytime. Choosing the best cloud solution based on needs will result in a higher return on investment and increased productivity.
  5. Save time:
    One of the most compelling reasons to migrate a business to the cloud nowadays is the ease with which specialist software/solutions can streamline the data migration process. Businesses that sign up for a specialized platform receive support during the move and can contact service teams at any time. With cloud computing, time spent updating and patching software, distributing client solutions to end-users, and other more tedious IT activities is significantly reduced. The cloud enables businesses to significantly reduce the requirement for full-time IT workers and, in some situations, get more work done with fewer resources. Savings can be realized nearly immediately. Furthermore, because there will be considerably fewer service outages, employees will save time and be more productive.

Conclusion:

Aside from the previously mentioned advantages of cloud adoption, cloud computing has a promising future in the construction industry. Not only can cloud computing help cut costs, but it can also increase collaboration between teams, management, and stakeholders, allowing for speedier decision-making and more efficient resource utilization. As a result, construction projects are completed faster, with lower overhead and higher profitability. Companies in every industry, including construction, are turning to the cloud for these reasons.

Verifi3D by Xinaps is the spell checker of your BIM models. It is cloud-based and tackles many of the issues by providing pre-construction teams with model coordination, automated clash detection, and workflow integration that simplifies collaboration and minimizes manual work. With an intuitive and easy interface, Verifi3D is web-based and eliminates the need to purchase software or manage IT infrastructure. It helps professionals deliver work in quality and time, reduce rework, and leverage their teams, so they can focus on bigger tasks.

With the implementation of CDEs such as Autodesk Construction Cloud and Autodesk BIM 360, and added integrations with BIM Track and BIMcollab, teams can manage the model coordination workflow, including clash detection, validation, and reporting in one environment.

Verifi3D by Xinaps’s vision towards digitalization is very simple: enhanced model coordination in the cloud, better collaboration and best-in-class quality. In short, Verifi3D helps to build a better building by keeping the whole team up to date, improving building performance and eliminating the need for rework.

The construction industry is evolving stronger than ever, thanks to the integration suppliers such as Autodesk, Nemetschek, Hexagon, Trimble, Bentley. The integration suppliers play a major role in providing cloud-based collaborations services, making API’s publicly available to create an ECOsystem quicker, thereby facilitating solution providers in the AEC industry to come up with specific solutions.

Cloud services are inevitable for the construction industry as it strives to digitize its processes through the use of BIM-enabled applications resulting in the emergence of new business models, allowing construction companies to conduct business in a new way. Cloud computing will become a cornerstone as the construction sector embraces digital transformation, enabling more efficient back-office processes and making it easier for project managers to keep costs under control and projects on schedule. The sooner companies accept and use cloud-based solutions, the better equipped they will be to tackle the issues that lie ahead for the construction industry!

Milu Sini Lal

Milu Sini Lal

Marketing Executive
Xinaps