Ernest Bock & Sons (EBS) Enhances Project Collaboration on Large Project with Autodesk BIM 360
“Working on large, complex, multi-year design-build projects means dealing with dozens and dozens of subcontractors, engineers, and others who all need access to a massive amount of information,” said Matt Carey, Superintendent, EBS. “While people within one company may have the ability to collaborate in the Cloud amongst themselves, communicating between companies can be a nightmare. Managing the distribution of large files, tracking updates, following up on punch list items, and maintaining version control takes a lot of time and leaves a lot of room for errors.”
After the first year of a three-year project to design and build a 300,000 square foot high school, EBS contacted Autodesk to discuss technology that could connect the entire team to reduce time spent managing documentation and increase the accuracy of that documentation.
With 25 seats each of Autodesk BIM 360 Docs and BIM 360 Build, one seat of BIM 360 Coordinate (now BIM 360 Collaborate), training for 50 administrators and end users, and an 18-month support contract with IMAGINiT Technologies, EBS was prepared to tackle this project.
“The training and support were critical,” said Matt. “It took a while to get all 50 people trained and some people even resisted. But the real-world examples presented by instructors with real-world experience got everyone on board. They learned how to use the software, tips and tricks, and best practices, so they could use the tools as soon as they got back to the project. And knowing that questions would be answered quickly made it easier to jump right in and give it a try.”
“Because the engineers, contractors, and others easily collaborated through every phase, issues were identified and addressed early, options were evaluated quickly, and we never had a problem with version control. We are a few months away from completing the project, and I’m sure we would be further out if we hadn’t gone this route. When this project is complete and the next big project begins, we will look into using these tools again,” said Matt.
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