Next-Level BIM: Enabling Full Model Coordination Across Construction Project Teams

April 26, 2019 | 2 minute read
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Building information modeling (BIM) is an increasingly important component of construction project delivery, but effective and comprehensive model management can be challenging due to limited collaboration, a reliance on multiple applications, and missing integrations, among other factors.

This leads to uncertainty, misunderstanding, and inadequate access to accurate models, which increases the risk of errors.

To help the industry overcome these challenges, we have launched Oracle Aconex Model Coordination Cloud Service.

The easy-to-use cloud solution enables construction design and project professionals to collaboratively manage BIM models across the entire project team in a true common data environment (CDE).

The most important aspects of Oracle Aconex Model Coordination are the following:

Single Source of Truth for Project Data

With Oracle Aconex Model Coordination, project-wide BIM participation drives productivity with faster processes and cycle times, enables a single source of truth for project information, and delivers a fully connected data set at handover for asset operation.

Based on Open BIM standards

The Model Coordination solution enhances Oracle Aconex’s existing CDE capabilities, which are built around Open BIM standards (e.g., IFC 4 and BCF 2.1) and leverage a cloud-based, full model server to enable efficient, secure, and comprehensive model management at all stages of the project lifecycle.

Compliant to international standards

The Oracle Aconex CDE, which is based on ISO 19650 and DIN SPEC 91391 definitions, provides market-leading neutrality, security, and data interoperability.

By enabling model management in this environment, Oracle Aconex unlocks new levels of visibility, coordination, and productivity across people and processes, including enabling comprehensive model-based issue and clash management.   

Key features of the new solution include: 

  • Seamless clash and design issue management and resolution in one platform
  • Dashboard overview and reporting on status and progress
  • Creation of viewpoints – personal “bookmarks” within models–and the linking of documents to objects
  • Integrated measurements of various model elements
  • Process support and full audit trail with the supply chain

“Issues with model management means projects go over budget, run over schedule, and end up with a higher total cost of ownership for the client. As part of the early access program for Oracle Aconex Model Coordination, it was great to experience how Oracle has solved these challenges,” said Davide Gatti, digital manager, Multiplex.

Reduces complexity

The average number of applications used in a BIM project is 15, which presents challenges for project teams. By eliminating the need for various point solutions, Oracle Aconex Model Coordination reduces this complexity and streamlines BIM processes.

With Oracle Aconex Model Coordination, we’re making the whole model management process as seamless and easy as possible. By integrating authoring and validation applications to the cloud, users don’t need to upload and download their issues and clashes anymore.

There’s so much noise and confusion around BIM and CDEs, much of it driven by misinformation in the market about what each term means. We believe everybody on a BIM project should work with the best available tool for their discipline.

Therefore, open formats are critical for interoperability, and the use of a true CDE is key to efficient and effective model management as part of the next-level BIM project delivery.

Learn more about Aconex Model Coordination and discover how Oracle Construction and Engineering can help you power project success today and tomorrow.

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