Great companies that can harness the power of Building Information Modeling (BIM) are able to focus on the most important thing needed to be done.
One way to do this is to get rid of or minimize busy work and redundant tasks, and giving you and your employees access to the information you need.
These are the four attributes that HingePoint sees as critical so you can take control of your information and work on what matters. There are a lot of free tools on the market to help you. (We even have a roadmap you can download.)
The first three are somewhat easy to implement. But keep in mind that the final attribute is what most companies have the most difficulty accomplishing.
- Go Digital – To truly harness technology, you need to stop relying so much on paper. If you still have paperwork in your workflow, you’re missing huge opportunities to be more efficient. HingePoint has worked with head architects at well-respected real estate firms who are overworked because they still deal with paperwork. If you are manually creating Bill of Material reports, or relying on paper copies to share information, the time is now to move to digital. Check out our Bill of Materials app.
- Organize Your Data –The solution to go digital is extremely easy. But if you’re looking at many scans of many different types of documents, then simply making your documents digital will not help. We call this unstructured data or dirty data. Those who have tried digital and did not think it made things easier probably missed an important step of labeling, or they put the data in multiple servers. You need to structure and organize your data so it is easily findable. If you’re spending time looking for the right document or fact, then you’re wasting time when you could be working on what matters.
- Cloud and Mobile — Cloud computing is Internet-based computing, where you can access shared resources, data and information on-demand. This information is stored on a computer or server that you can access through the Internet. Accessing the cloud with a mobile device gives you access to your entire business on the go. You can communicate and share virtually any document with anyone anywhere. Most companies are doing this… but the problem is the final attribute.
- Integrate your software – The final attribute is the most difficult. You need to make sure all the software you have that stores the data talks to each other and shares information. Otherwise, you will be stuck doing busy work and redundant tasks.
When our applications don’t “talk” to one another and share information, we must continuously update different systems of record.
We recently helped a real estate developer. They were tracking the finances for more than 50 projects manually.
All 50 project managers would collect key financial data from each project. They would put it into a PDF and send it to the CFO.
The CFO team would then print the PDFs and put all the data into an Excel spreadsheet. Then they would make graphs and tables to see how the projects were doing.
They would do this once a month!
To solve this problem, HingePoint made one simple interface where the CFO can get the data instantly. Project managers just upload information to the digital financial dashboard and the information is found immediately.
The way we solved it was by integrating several systems and software to all show up one screen, like a computer screen or the screen of a smartphone. We had to have software talk to one another.
Now the teams can work on more than just collecting data and the executives can spend more time on making the best decision.
This is the true power of integration.
Download our BIM_Comparison Table here. See where you are on to the path to BIM. The idea is to be fully digital while printing on-demand, fully automated and able to collaborate with virtually anyone on a project.