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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

Autodesk Construction Cloud and Xinaps

Verifi3D by Xinaps + Autodesk Construction Cloud (ACC) = Better model checking

The AEC industry is going through a process of digitalization and the need for innovative solutions becomes more and more urgent. Xinaps deliver a direct integration to Autodesk Construction Cloud (ACC), proving Xinaps and Autodesk’s devotion to simplifying and connecting workflows, teams and data to reduce risk, maximize efficiency, and increase profits. This integration is a step towards revolutionizing the industry by enabling customers to centralize cloud services.

Verifi3D by Xinaps is a cloud-based service for validating building designs and is strongly committed to being an industry leader in Building Information Modeling to realize the potential that lies in good integration. Autodesk Construction Cloud users can streamline model verification processes with Verifi3D by simplifying the model checking workflow and mitigating risks in the pre-construction stage.

Through the integration, teams can now manage the model coordination workflow, including clash detection, validation, and reporting within the Autodesk Construction Cloud. Verifi3D supports Revit – the industry standard and facilitates the validation of the IFC file format. With automation of clash detection and rule-based checking, Verifi3D eliminates the need for manual tasks during verification. With BCF, issue tracking can be more efficient and optimized.

“This exciting partnership between Xinaps and Autodesk Construction Cloud is just the beginning of our journey to strengthen ties with technology partners to achieve genuinely connected construction cloud services” quotes Frank Schuyer, the CEO of Xinaps.

Xinaps will be joining Autodesk University 2021 as one of the Digital Sponsors and will be showcasing videos, demos, and a place to engage with the team. Experience how Verifi3D is revolutionizing the AEC industry by visiting the team at the Autodesk University 2021 digital booth!

Save your spot at the global digital conference with no cost to attend and unlock your new possible.

Milu Sini Lal

Milu Sini Lal

Marketing Executive
Xinaps

Join Verifi3D by Xinaps at the Autodesk University 2021 this October!

Join Verifi3D by Xinaps at the Autodesk University 2021 this October!

We, Xinaps are thrilled to be among the digital sponsors for the upcoming Autodesk University 2021 kicking off this October 5, 2021!

With an expected 120,000 registrants, Autodesk University 2021 is the design and make conference that brings together innovators from around the world. The digital event connects professionals from architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, media, and entertainment to learn, network, and discover new ideas together.

As part of the Autodesk University 2021, we will showcase Verifi3D, a cloud-based model checking solution for the AEC industry.

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 Autodesk BIM 360, 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.

On October 5-14, we’ll be showcasing videos, demos, and a place to engage with our team. Experience how Verifi3D is revolutionizing the AEC industry by visiting our team at the Autodesk University 2021 digital booth!

Save your spot at the global digital conference with no cost to attend and unlock your new possible.

Milu Sini Lal

Milu Sini Lal

Marketing Executive
Xinaps

Verifi3D Integrates with Autodesk BIM 360 to Streamline Model Checks

08.12.2020

Xinaps is happy to announce an integration between its cloud-based model checker, Verifi3D, and Autodesk BIM 360®, a leading construction management software, to drive more productivity in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry.

Offered as a SaaS (Software as a Service) solution, Verifi3D allows users to classify their building data, visualize it in the Verifi3D Viewer, check it against international, local or project-specific rules and regulations, and export issue reports in different formats, such as BCF. Its integration with BIM 360 allows users to log in to Verifi3D with their Autodesk credentials to easily and instantly access their Revit ® or .IFC format models  saved in BIM 360.

Additionally, Xinaps and Autodesk  customers can now load their models from BIM 360 into the Verifi3D Viewer, perform checks and validations and create issue reports. These reports will then be saved automatically to the user’s BIM 360 project, enabling customers  to further centralize their communication and, reduce miscommunications that can lead to mistakes and schedule overruns.

“Collaboration and coordination between teams is key,” says Frank Schuyer, CEO of Xinaps. “We believe that early model checking is crucial for an efficient and cost-effective building process. With Verifi3D, we are addressing this need, as well as the industry’s call for more cloud-based solutions and real-time model checking. By integrating with BIM 360, we have the opportunity to bring all necessary information in one place, facilitate Common Data Environments and improve professionals’ workflow.”

“Navigating international, local and project specific building rules and regulations can present a significant challenge when cross checking models,” says James Cook, head of integrations at Autodesk Construction Solutions. “With this integration, Verifi3D and BIM 360 users can streamline the process of checking their models against rules and regulations, helping improve their workflows while also mitigating risks and potential project delays.” Xinaps plans additional integrations in the near future to further help VDC professionals check their models real-time.

Customers who want to learn more about Verifi3D can contact Xinaps at [email protected] or review the integration in the Autodesk App Store.

About Xinaps

Xinaps is specialized in innovative software development for the AEC industry. The company’s mission is to lead the transformation and digitalization of the industry. Its cloud-based solutions bring architects, engineers and contractors together, by facilitating common data environments and integrating with collaboration workflows. For more information visit www.xinaps.com.

About Autodesk

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

 

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For more information:
Hristina Balabanova
[email protected]

Hristina Balabanova

Hristina Balabanova

Marketing Executive
Xinaps

Xinaps and BIMcollab integrate issue management and model checking in the cloud with the BIMcollab-Verifi3D link

For immediate release

10/10/2020, Delft, the Netherlands – BIMcollab and Xinaps announce a groundbreaking integration in one of the least digitalized parts of late design and pre-construction stage. The newly introduced interworking between Xinaps’ model checker, Verifi3D, and BIMcollab’s issue management software, brings to the AEC industry a seamless, comprehensive workflow within the model checking process.

The issue management system in the cloud operates across applications, empowering project collaboration. BIMcollab is designed to manage issues during the design and construction phases where BIM is used. Verifi3D empowers designers and general contractors with the right tools to validate their BIM data, automate hard clashing checks and mitigate risks during the model checking process real-time. Bringing these two workflows together helps bridging the differences between BIM tools and targets the multidisciplinary cooperation between companies working on construction projects. Now, issues found with the Verifi3D Model Checker can be published to BIMcollab real-time. The BIM modeler will be automatically notified and can immediately locate the problematic objects in their BIM Model whatever the authoring tool (Revit, ArchiCAD, etc). Once a solution is found, a simple click allows the issues to be reported and resolved.

We’re excited to announce a new integration that makes the model coordination and the issue tracking process easier and more efficient for everyone. By using the integrated processes of BIMcollab and Verifi3D, all project stakeholders from the field to the office can participate in issue tracking and resolution throughout the project life cycle. Model coordination may now become a full-team effort, providing accessibility to team members who have little or no experience with data validation software and processes. This provides value to our clients, allowing them to easily harness the power of their models and communicate the project design, check model development, and resolve issues quickly and easily. By bringing together BIMcollab’s issue management abilities and Verifi3D’s data validation and model coordination features, we are providing the best of both products.

Frank Schuyer, CEO of Xinaps

Combining the cloud-based structure of Verifi3D and the powerful BIMcollab workflows users already know and love results in a time-saving, seamless integration. Interworking between Verifi3D and BIMcollab allows project teams to save time by automating clash detection, increase the quality of their models by early data validation and create a single source of truth for issue management across the entire project team.

In order to stimulate BIM collaboration, it’s our vision to integrate BIMcollab with as many solutions as possible. That’s why we offer open source API’s, which are now successfully used by Xinnaps to build an easy to use integration between BIMcollab and Verify3D. We are very happy to welcome Verify3D users in our eco system.

Erik Pijnenburg CEO of BIMcollab

About Xinaps

Excellence by technology: we believe in building better. Xinaps is specialized in innovative cloud-based software development for the AEC industry. Our company builds model checking solutions in the cloud to optimize and automate processes. Together with you as innovators in the AEC

industry, we develop solutions that modernize the industry and help you build smarter, safer and better buildings for everyone. We believe in building better. For more information: xinaps.com

 

About BIMcollab

BIMcollab is an issue management system for BIM in the cloud and bridges the gap between BIM applications based on OpenBIM, by offering a broad set of add-ons for all popular BIM tools. Over 80.000 building professionals are using BIMcollab Cloud. It reduces time spend on communication about issues and helps to improve model quality: less construction errors, lower costs.

BIMcollab is a brand owned by KUBUS, a software company offering BIM solutions for Design & Build which is also exclusive distributor for GRAPHISOFT and Solibri, Inc. in the Benelux. KUBUS operates from offices in Eindhoven, Amsterdam, Hasselt and Belgrade. For more information: bimcollab.com

 

For more information:
Hristina Balabanova
[email protected]

Hristina Balabanova

Hristina Balabanova

Marketing Executive
Xinaps

We Believe in Open Standards

Introduction 

BIM (Building Information Modelling) is proposed as the solution for all building professionals, project management teams, project owners, construction companies, in order to better design, construct and operate and maintain buildings. BIM represents the digitization of the construction industry. All data during the design, building, management and maintenance phases are recorded in Digital Twins, with all construction partners cooperating. BIM proposes that the creation of a Digital Twin, for the purposes of improving project outcomes, can result  in a more economical and sustainable construction industry (CI). 

Xinaps has identified that ensuring the quality of construction data is critically important to the data validation process and the production of Digital Twins for construction projects. Verifi3D is proposed as a data validation solution which allows this process to be seamlessly integrated with existing data workflows. Unlike competitors, Verifi3D is browser based & works off an SaaS licensing platform allowing greater accessibility and flexibility to its users. At the core of Verifi3D’s approach are the proprietary Autodesk rvt format and the IFC (Industry foundation classes) exchange format.  These file formats are the primary means by which Verifi3D conducts its data validation processes.  
  

IFC general overview 

Why did IFC come into being? 

IFC format came in to being in 1994 in order to support integrated application development – or what is now known as interoperability. Since 2005 the IFC format has been developed and maintained, as an industry-led, vendor neutral schema, by buildingSMART . The IFC schema came into being to encourage better communication between participants in the construction industry through the design, planning and execution phases of construction projects. 

IFC schema relationships  

IFC is a standardized, digital description of the built environment which focuses on constructed and civil infrastructure. IFC is seen as the key ingredient in  open BIM. OpenBIM faciltates the collaboration process in the CI. Through OpenBIM Information can be easily shared between project participants. IFC is an exchange format which facilitates data transactions in the CI. The IFC schema specification can describe how a facility or installation is used, how it is constructed, and how it is operated. IFC is an information exchange format designed to faciltate improved collaboration in the CI. 

This is why Verifi3D prioritizes the support of the IFC schema. Verifi3D is regularly in contact with industry experts who specialize in the classification of construction information within this format. This is a highly technical area in which Verifi3D endeavor to ensure that the information provided for the purposes of data validation is accurately parsed into the Verifi3D environment. 

Revit general overview 

Why did RVT come into being?  

Proprietary file formats are those specific to their authoring software  and other permitted software. A RVT file is a proprietary Revit file [11]. Revit is at the forefront of the BIM movement and the most dominant file format in the US market for construction purposes[12]. 

RVT schema relationships 

Besides native Revit file formats, the Revit software also supports common computer-aided design (CAD) formats as well, such as DGN, SAT, DXF, DWF, and others. In addition to modeling and designing buildings, rvt file format can also be used to analyze its meta-data for analysis, clash coordination, and other tasks.  

Verifi3D prioritises the support of rvt formats because of their importance to our users groups. Much of the information produced internally (in-house) by these user groups is authored in rvt format and often the information delivery specification (IDS) for their projects stipulate that the information should be authored in rvt. This means that much of the supply chain produces its information in this format. Therefore, it is vitally important that Verifi3D  can quickly  import and validate this information in an accurate way.   

Approach of V3D 

Verifi3D approach 

Verifi3D has developed an efficient approach which allows users to identify bottlenecks in their existing workflows. Revit files can be brought directly into Verifi3D through our Revit Plugin and saved as a V3D file along with user settings. IFC files are brought into Verifi3D through an IFC engine which is also used by major AEC software providers such as Trimble (Sketch-Up). We also offer sync with BIM360 which means your workflow can be seamlessly integrated with your CDE. Models can then be checked and validated within the Verifi3D environment and issues can be reported in BIM Collab/ BIM 360 issues/ BIM Track.  

Verifi3D provides a direct link between the source information and the program to facilitate improved efficiency for user workflows.V3D pushes the envelope on the trade-off between precise and complete information vs. workable file sizes and efficient workflow 

What advantages did Verifi3D bring to Hazenberg Bouw?

A TBI pilot study

You can also download this case study in a PDF format here.

The problem

The AEC landscape faces a myriad of challenges as the complexity of their projects increases. Global trends like population growth, urbanization and the transition towards Smart Cities are just a few examples of the main contributing factors. As a consequence, construction projects require several working phases, ever-growing amount of data and a wide diversity of competencies and skills, often leading to inaccuracies and miscalculations, costly and time-consuming rework. In the last couple of decades, we are witnessing an increase in the digitalization amongst AEC professionals, more specifically, the adoption of BIM (Building Information Modeling). While innovation has simplified a lot of operations, large-size  projects  still  suffer  from  slow communication and complex collaboration processes. Other difficulties are making large design dataset available and updated along the entire working cycle.

The importance of innovation

Innovation is key to overcoming these challenges, especially when triggered by the leaders in the industry. TBI is a major holding company in the engineering and construction industry located in the Netherlands, whose goal is to develop, renew and maintain the physical living environment in a sustainable way. Thanks to its strong group of companies and long experience, TBI is able to perform several types of assignments, from small initiatives to complex, high-profile projects, becoming a reference point for private and public clients. TBI is also one of the corporate partners of  YES!Delft,  the  leading  Tech Incubator in Europe, which Xinaps joined in 2016.

Digital enabler

TBI SSC-ICT is one the daughter companies of TBI that support corporate innovation and has been proactively engaged in the in the innovation process of Xinaps. As a front runner of digitization in the building and construction industry, they have seen the potential benefits of Xinaps for several TBI-companies. When Xinaps asked for a pilot, they have been the valuable connector between Xinaps and Hazenberg Bouw. Important for establishing digital transformation within the TBI holding company. Hazenberg Bouw, embraces the innovators mindset, becoming one of Verifi3D’s first adopters.

The solution

Although there are numerous tools out there performing model checks and data validation, designing an ‘easy-to-use’ integrated solution for different  VDC  professionals  is  complex. One of the all-rounded tools, launched in September  2019,  is  Verifi3D  by Xinaps. Verifi3D  is a cloud-based SaaS (Software-as-a-Service), which allows classifying building design data, conducting automated checks in compliance with regulations and reporting issues realtime. All in one platform. The solution’s cloud-based structure facilitates the communication between project members in a Common Data Environment  (CDE),  while  the  automated processes unload the operator from the time consuming task of manually validating the design  and  its  consistency.  Verifi3D  further helps professionals stay compliant with global, local  and  project-specific  requirements, as well as with ISO 19650 standards. Valuable  experiences  with  Verifi3D  have been shared by TBI (Techniek, Bouw en Infra).

The results

Hazenberg Bouw is an engineering, construction  and  infrastructure  firm,  which benefits of a wide portfolio of competencies: from apartments and houses to roads, bridges and more, Hazenberg is capable of satisfying the most complex customers’ request. Verifi3D  showed  its  benefits  since  the  very early stage of use. Thanks to its intuitive user interface and simple menu configuration, the operators managed to comfortably use the tool  just  after  a  few  clicks.  Verifi3D’s  main advantage is its user-friendliness: Verifi3D does not require long training hours or extensive previous software knowledge. The Hazenberg team  was  pleased  to  see  a  significant  cut  of hours that otherwise would have been spent on training. Difficulties  in  data  processing  and  format integration are a common challenge when importing large datasets into an on-premise design software. Processing design models could become a cumbersome and time costly operation, especially if users don’t have considerable computational power available.

Verifi3D showing filtering and object properties

The power of the cloud was one of the main advantages for Hazenberg Bouw – when using Verifi3D, there is no need to possess the ultimate hardware because Verifi3D runs the models on cloud. Moreover, the team showed a positive response towards the ability to export their own models directly from Revit and to work directly on the source file. Hazenberg mentioned that Verifi3D’s third-party integration with Autodesk BIM 360 and Revit and IFC support facilitated their collaboration with other teams and within the company. Sharing a model has never been so easy! Considering the cloud structure, the Hazenberg Bouw team mentioned that Verifi3D is capable of bringing their workflow to a next level:

When working in a large company, it is hard to
communicate and access the latest version of a model
real-time. Often that requires many professionals
to be physically present in the same room. The cloud
structure of Verifi3D overcomes these obsolete patterns
and brings the working flow to a different level.
And we haven’t even unlocked its full potential yet.

Edwin van Kleij, BIM Coordinator at Hazenberg Bouw

Surely, this characteristic improves productivity and efficiency with 40-50% even in the early stages of its use and makes the design process more consistent, since every team member can always access the latest version of a model from anywhere and anytime. Due to the growing project complexity (and related amount of data), the process of manually configuring every object and setting up the checks without automation, surely is neither simple nor time efficient. The Hazenberg team was impressed by the model checking capabilities offered by Verifi3D. The automation allowed them to customize their rule sets and to apply them to every object they want to check. Accuracy and time efficiency were the designated KPIs through which the team evaluated Verifi3D features. Their satisfaction surely says a lot about the software performance against their expectations. The unique technological implications provided by Verifi3D have demonstrated promising capabilities to boost Hazenberg Bouw and other business units to reach their goals, while overcoming the industry challenges outlined at the beginning of this article.

Verifi3D showing a clash check

About Xinaps
Excellence by technology: we believe in building better.
Xinaps is specialized in innovative software development for the AEC industry. Our company builds product configurators, design automation
tools and model checking solutions in the cloud. Together with you as innovators in the AEC industry, we develop solutions that modernize
the industry and help you build smarter, safer and better buildings for everyone. We believe in building better.

About TBI Hazenberg Bouw
Hazenberg Bouw develops, builds and transforms.
We create value both now and in the future. How? We listen to our clients’ wishes and questions. Make time to understand their challenges. We invite them to brainstorm with us, make suggestions and surprise them. We think ahead with them: proactively, practically, innovatively, sustainably and ‘out of the box’. And we solve problems. Everything to make their dreams and plans come true.

Hristina Balabanova

Hristina Balabanova

Marketing Executive
Xinaps

Xinaps takes model checking to the cloud with Verifi3D

Model checking using Verifi3D
Checking properties of linked models in Verifi3D

Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) is the integration of multidisciplinary working methodologies that optimizes and accelerates the evolution of the AEC industry. Its main aspects feature the Product (building, infrastructures, etc.), the Organization (involvement of all parties) and the Process (workflow of the design). The added value is enhanced collaboration among the parties, reduction of construction lead time by 10% and a reduction of contingency costs up to 50%.

To further help the digitalization and the modernization of the industry, we officially launched our new product Verifi3D: a state-of-the-art model checker for VDC professionals.

Check out AEC’s magazine Verifi3D review.

Aimed at bringing model checking to the next level, Verifi3D not only allows you to check your models real-time but also helps you be compliant with ISO19650 standards, as well as with local and project-specific requirements. Verifi3D aims to become a leader in the digitalization of the AEC industry, by automating time-consuming and mundane processes that are often carried out manually. The product already has its first customers, among which big names in the industry such as Takenaka, BuroHappold Engineering and TBI.

What does Verifi3D bring to professionals’ workflow?

The idea came when Frank Schuyer, CEO of Xinaps, wanted to design a software capable of smoothly linking the final design stage with the pre-construction phase. These are the most crucial stages of a building process, as they ensure the safety and accuracy of building models, as well as their compliance with local rules and regulations. These phases include a variety of professionals in different spheres. The complexity of the projects and the number of parties involved can sometimes increase the risk of inaccuracies or inefficiencies, making effective communication and integrated workflow a must. The automation of tasks and the ability to access the latest version of the building model can mitigate risks and improve the work of professionals in the AEC industry.

As a product of countless hours of research and development, Verifi3D is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) that allows users to classify their building models data in real-time, visualize them in 3D and 2D, run customizable checks, and report issues. Combined with its cloud-based structure, the solution increases efficiency, decreases costs and mitigates the risks of inaccuracies and miscalculations.

The solution enhances the workflow of VDC professionals and ensures that building models are compliant with local rules and regulations. Verifi3D supports native Revit® and .IFC files and can be used for different checks, such as clash detection, egress path and parameter checks. It also allows users to create and save their own rulesets and reuse them for other future models, saving time and effort in the pre-construction stage.

Verifi3D is seamlessly integrated with collaboration platforms such as Autodesk BIM 360. It also features a dashboard, which provides an overview of all projects, as well as specific details about each individual project. The dashboard also provides real-time updates about each model, making sure that each team member gets the latest version.

The solution supports issue tracking based on BCF format. It allows users to create screenshots of issues, assign them to team members and export issue reports in different formats, such as .PDF or .CSV.

Altogether, the AEC industry is a very complex environment. The increasing number of professionals, data and project complexity has to be balanced by the advancements of digital tools such as Verifi3D. The set of features Verifi3D includes makes it a versatile, easy to use, all-in-one platform that can be used by different team members in all steps of the pre-construction stage of the building process.

The product’s pricing is based on a subscription model with a free trial version (called Town), a City and a Metropolis version with additional support and features included.

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Hristina Balabanova

Hristina Balabanova

Marketing Executive
Xinaps