New Partnership With Asite Improves Open BIM Workflows Via Cloud Collaboration

Posted by Pete Hicks on 7/10/14 9:22 AM  |  3 min read time

As BIM continues to evolve as an important part of the design process, finding ways for project teams to effectively and securely collaborate becomes equally significant. That’s why we’re excited to announce a new partnership with Asite, a UK-based developer of cloud-based collaboration tools, through which Vectorworks Architect software users can achieve digital interoperability through IFC with Asite’s Adoddle platform and its collaborative BIM application called cBIM™.

In essence, the partnership promotes the automation of workflows throughout a building’s lifecycle. Vectorworks users can connect product and process information with their building information models, enhance coordination processes, and maintain clear audit trails on project updates. The platform also allows them to selectively and securely share designs and individual BIM worksheets with various project collaborators using their authoring tool of choice through an IFC or COBie output and a cloud-based model.

“Nemetschek Vectorworks is committed to promoting open BIM workflows, so we’re excited to bring Asite’s capabilities to our users, giving them the best way to coordinate the processes associated with design review, construction management, and facilities management,” said Jeremy Powell, director of product marketing at Nemetschek Vectorworks. “Such coordination through Asite’s industry-leading cloud platform takes geography out of the equation for designers who work with various project consultants, facilities managers, and building operators. It also reinforces our commitment to improving communication and project coordination among design and BIM collaboration platforms, as well as our support for IFC interoperability.”

Construction documents for The Design Büro’s Ysbyty Glan Clwyd Hospital project as shown in the Asite platform

Since Adoddle cBIM connects model data with a commercial management system through a Common Data Environment (i.e., a centralized and federated BIM system), designers can achieve interoperability while reducing errors and on-site problems with design review and tracking features. In addition, shared information models will have greater visibility and control among all the parties involved.

“Using Asite, we are able to share our Vectorworks models [via IFC] and other data with the rest of the project team,” said Neil Marshall, director at The Design Büro, a medium-sized architectural practice operating in England. “What I particularly like about the Common Data Environment is the trust you can place in it as a single source of information. The whole team benefits from a reduction of wasted communication.” Marshall devotes a lot of time to the rapid adoption of BIM because the UK government’s BIM mandate stipulates that all centrally procured projects must be designed using BIM workflows by 2016.

The hospital project’s overall 1.50 layout as viewed in Asite

You can learn more about Asite and other partners that support our BIM and design workflows by visiting the Industry Partners section of our website.

Topics: Asite, cloud-based collaboration, Jeremy Powell, The Design Buro (Coventry) Ltd, Vectorworks, Vectorworks Architect, Adoddle, BIM, cBIM, Cloud, Community, Neil Marshall, third party partner

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