Sharing BIMs with non technical stakeholders for project consensus

As one of the world’s largest professional services firms with around 50,000 employees, WSP provides engineering, architect and design services to clients in various industries, including Transportation, Infrastructure, BuildingsEnvironment and Energy. 

WSP wanted to find new way to share BIM models more easily, in the early design phases of projects. Often with clients or colleagues who didn’t have any BIM knowledge and could be anywhere in the world.  They came to Tridify…

 

Barriers to sharing BIMs

Working in disparate teams and trying to collaborate using BIMs is often a problem for anyone involved with BIM. Mostly due to traditional methods requiring all stakeholders to download a specialist application and become familiar with how to use it, before they can receive and view a BIM file. 

Roope Syvälahti, construction consultant and project manager at WSP Finland, explained: “To show clients or colleagues a BIM model, previously we might have a Skype or physical meeting but often this is simply not practical and not very effective. And unless all those involved are BIM experts, the software needed is too complex to use.”

WSP decided to use Tridify’s BIM Publishing cloud service and soon realised it was a perfect fit for the business. By simply uploading BIMs into Tridify as IFC files, BIM models are now published to the web in just a few clicks. WSP simply chooses which models to publish, either one type of model on its own, or a combination of models such as structural, HVAC and electrical, all in the same view. 

New ways of working

As soon as we saw the Tridify service we knew it was what we’d been waiting for,” commented Syvälahti. “Being able to rapidly publish BIM models to the web opens up new ways of working. This ease of use is impressive, with no barriers to adoption. 

Clients or colleagues can easily view models when they want, on any device and it also solves the problem of involving stakeholders who are not accustomed to specialist design software. Clicking on a URL or QR code allows them to interact with 3D models and intuitively wander round. Another bonus is the very low cost of the Tridify service so there’s no risk of investing heavily in an expensive new solution. It only costs us $90 per month which provides enough capacity for several projects. 

To date, WSP has used the Tridify service on commercial buildings and transportation projects, including underground stations but will soon be adding healthcare to this growing list. A clear benefit here will be allowing medical staff such as doctors and nurses to see how a new hospital will function. “It’s invaluable to be able to give 3D models to anyone who is involved in the use of a building so they can give vitalinitial feedback,” commented Syvälahti. 

WSP describe the key benefits

Better collaboration – One of the main success factors has been how it improves the way teams work in our early design phasesNow anyone involved in a project can engage with a 3D model, visualise a space and understand how everything is going to functionIt’s obviously far superior to 2D plans when helping people to understand what something is going to look like. Now we share more models and without having to use specialist design software, so users can be from Finance, Marketing or Contracts. 

Easy access for everyone   We’ve also found that users who are not familiar with BIM models aren’t scared of using them anymore, as they simply open the URL and drag, zoom and pinch the visualisations on their phone – an interface that everyone is comfortable with. 

Smarter use of time – Clients now understand designs better and meetings are more efficient as we don’t have to explain things as much. Overall, everyone feels more engaged and involved, athey have the same 3D information as the designers have. Client teams can also see the changes in a design faster and not focus so much on whether changes are increasing or decreasing costs – they can see the real impact of changes in the model. 

Reduction of costs – By removing the barriers to using BIM models more oftenworkflows are becoming more efficient. Tridify allows us to share the benefits of 3D models with more people, earlier in the design phase, which improves collaboration and accelerates the understanding of how a project will function. Streamlining this part of the process saves timereduces the chance of any miscommunication and delivers valuable benefits to clients. 

 

WSP love these key features

WSP is always exploring how digitalisation can improve its productivity by updating existing processesBy removing the barriers to using BIM models more often and with a wider audience, workflows are becoming more efficient.  

  1. Effective communication

By easily publishing 3D BIM models on the web with Tridify, we can send colleagues and clients a link across WhatsApp, social channels, email etc. In minutes they can view our 3D models via mobiles, tablets, desktop; With no technical barriers, everyone has immediate access.

  1. Tailored workflow

By taking IFCs from different design packages and combining models into one view, Tridify makes it easy for us to share specific parts of the published BIM model to different user groups. By improving focus, projects move forward more seamlessly.

  1. Project controls

By sharing links instead of files, we can control who views what and when, maintaining full Intellectual Property Rights. We can track and monitor usage so we can qualify contributors and quantify input.

  1. Instant ROI

Tridify is flexible to use and has an extremely cost-effective subscription structure based on IFC usage, starting from only $20 a month. The fees are not licensed by seats and you can add teams to your projects for easy collaboration. If you reach your IFC capacity, you can remove files to free up space, or simply switch to a larger account.

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