think project! BIM Collaboration

Instead of focussing on the creation of the models themselves, we focus on the project-wide coordination and communication processes pertaining to them (distribution, coordination and revisions).

At the moment, BIM systems – special applications for Building Information Modelling – are primarily used during the planning phase. Access to and editing of the models mainly takes place within set teams. Through our solution for BIM Collaboration, we allow for the project-wide usage of this high-quality data.

BIM = better data

BIM Collaboration = better data + better processes + better decisions!

BIM representatives

Sven-Eric Schapke

Sven-Eric Schapke
Business Development Manager BIM

Gernot Ewert

Gernot Ewert
Solution Specialist BIM

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BIM Collaboration Service

The BIM Collaboration Service supplements the CORE functions of the Collaboration Cloud and allows for direct access to BIM data saved in think project!. Via the BIM Collaboration Service, digital building models can be combined in a single coordination model, and their contents (such as individual building elements) made available to all relevant project participants via the internet. Further, 3D markers for the annotation of BIM models and links to other project documents can be managed and used. The BIM Collaboration Service constitutes the basis for the think project! modules BIM Coordination and BIM Review. However, via a web interface (API), other BIM systems can also be connected; for example, systems for clash detection, construction site documentation or for facility management. Integrating the BIM Collaboration Service, the Collaboration Cloud now offers additional options for networking all systems required for project success.

  • Direct internet access to BIM models and their elements in different model versions
  • Creation of coordination models with multiple BIM models and tracking of various model combinations
  • Online availability of 3D markers with marked, annotated and linked model elements
  • Interlinking and tracking of 3D markers in various coordination models
  • BIM data from think project! can be called up in real time or asynchronously and analysed in other BIM systems (note: in the near future)
  • Access authorisation remains protected at project user level
Internet access to BIM data saved in think project! via the BIM Review module
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BIM Exchange Module

The BIM Exchange module enables large BIM models to be managed securely within the central project documentation with full version control. In BIM Exchange, the digital building models from different project participants (partial models) are clearly organised, with transparent processes for their distribution, revision and release. Technical, spatial and process-oriented classifications are available for the management of BIM models, and can be adapted to different BIM guidelines and implementations. Workflows for the verification and release of BIM models enable targeted use of models by project partners during planning, project coordination and construction.

  • Information containers intelligently capture documents, metadata and now also models in various BIM formats
  • Saving and version control of large BIM models within central project documentation
  • Structured management of digital building models from different project participants (partial models) according to recognised BIM guidelines
  • Workflows for the distribution, revision and release of BIM models

Advantages

  • Centralised, structured and secure saving of models
  • Up-to-date, confidential and binding models with status and history
  • Effective and efficient project-wide usage of BIM
  • Better decisions based on high-quality information
  • Targeted use of models and safeguarding of process quality
Structured filing of partial models
Version control and release of partial models
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BIM Coordination Module

The BIM Coordination module offers a diverse range of opportunities for combining the digital building models of different project participants (partial models), as well as managing their related 3D markers and project documents. The starting point for the combined verification, revision and release of the BIM models is the coordination model. This determines which partial models and plan documents must coordinate with one another, and in which versions this must occur. During the revision process, the coordination model also serves as a central reference point for 3D markers with which individual model elements are marked, and with which additional project documents – such as RFIs, RFCs, defect notices or acceptance certificates – are linked. Through the versioning of coordination models, individual project statuses can finally be documented in the one place.

  • Combine various partial models and model versions in joint coordination models
  • Linking of models with 3D markers with annotated and linked model elements
  • Communicate current planning state, together with corresponding 3D markers, review annotations and assigned revision tasks
  • Link models and model element data with corresponding project documents such as drawings, specifications and requests

Advantages

  • Simplified communication between interconnected BIM models
  • Combined verification and release of dependent BIM models
  • Networking of BIM models and project documents in different coordination contexts
  • Documented histories of all coordination models, including their accompanying revision and communication processes
Combination of partial models
Linking of BIM models and project documents
Linking of models with 3D markers
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BIM Review Module

Using the BIM Review Module, digital building models can be visualised, reviewed and further utilised by all project participants directly from their web browsers. As with all think project! modules, BIM Review is made available via the Collaboration Cloud without requiring the installation of any specialised software of plug-ins. In the 3D viewer, the building models can be arranged into various combinations, and one can create viewpoints, labels and annotations concerning revisions, releases and linkages. The entire project therefore profits from the high-quality and painstakingly produced BIM data.

  • Browser-based 3D viewer for the joint usage of digital building models 
  • View various model combinations without needing to download each model
  • Simplified navigation, virtual site inspections and the ability to save separate model views
  • No need to install specialised software or plug-ins
  • Create 3D markers to denote viewpoints, conflicts, annotations and linkages to detailed documentation

Advantages

  • Simple and rapid viewing of models in web browsers
  • Rapid review without needing to handle massive amounts of data
  • Joint usage of high-quality data to facilitate better decision-making
  • Deeper understanding based on detailed information processing by project participants
  • Quality assurance
Navigation through a combined BIM model in the browser-based 3D viewer
Creation and retrieval of 3D markers in the browser-based 3D viewer