SkyBIM Cloud based management & real-time costing of BIM projects


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Collaboration is coming to the building industry. It’s a monumental shift that promises speed and efficiency. A shared building model which digitally captures ALL project information and makes it available to the entire project team throughout the lifecycle of the building is widely seen as the Next Big Thing in design and construction. The one who controls the project information will be at the center of the building enterprise.

SkyBIM is a cloud-based platform to host all the information collected throughout a building's lifecycle to optimise the way buildings are designed, costed, constructed, and managed.

Since projects are securely hosted in the cloud, multiple members of the project team can simultaneously collaborate on an estimate. Whether you are the architect, estimator, contractor or owner - you can view a project’s latest takeoff quantities, edit product costs, create construction assemblies and print reports.

SkyBIM can provide massive automation in the real-time management and cost estimating of chain stores. Once we have configured and costed one store, the rest are essentially automatic.

If you are involved with Revit projects that are chain-store based (Subway, Chipotle, Starbucks, WalMart, Woolworths, McDonald's, etc) or have a high degree of repetition, please contact

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  • A lot of people don’t know this productivity of the construction industry, as measured by constant contract dollars of new construction work per hourly work hour, has gradually declined (with some modest exceptions) over the past 40 years at an average compound rate of -0.59%/year (see Figure 1). This is particularly alarming when compared to the increasing labor productivity in all non-farm industries, which have experienced an increasing productivity of 1.77%/year over the same time period. Over the past decade, this trend has slightly improved but the decline in construction labor productivity relative to the rest of the industry has continued.This is a serious problem which indicates that over the past 40 years, construction projects have required significantly more field work hours per dollar of contract. In other words, the construction industry seriously lags other industries in developing and applying labor saving ideas and in finding ways to substitute equipment for labor. While there are a number of construction tasks that have been made more productive through the use of labor saving equipment, it is clear that, looking at the whole industry, there is a significant productivity problem. Why is this the case and what can be done about it? First, let's review the productivity data shown in Figure 1. Despite the fact that there has been a significant adoption of new information technology (IT) by the construction industry over the past 35 years, these applications tend to run in a stand-alone mode that does not permit improved collaboration by the project team, e.g., each designer uses a separate CAD/CAE system, CPM is independent of cost control which is independent of project changes to the drawings and specs, etc. Thus, while computers now generate much information, they ultimately produce a paper output, which then must be manually reviewed so that relevant data can be entered into another program, e.g., CAD drawings are plotted so that estimators can use them for making a cost estimate. This fragmentation causes increased effort and time and has greatly reduced the ability of the project team to respond quickly and effectively to changes in scope, site conditions, delivery delays, etc. Thus, despite the widespread use of IT, it has not had a significant impact on overall performance.
  • Underlying Needs - Solving The ProblemThe industry offers variety 3D BIM model viewers, the most popular coming from Autodesk & Microstation. The typical workflow for these products involves each team member to upload their latest BIM models. Afterwards one person is typically assigned the task of aggregating all of the BIM models into one for viewing by all of the team members (Arch, Struct, MEP, Contractors, Owers). The problem with this “Traditional Approach” is in the flow of information. As changes are made in the design, from any one of the disciplines, those changes must be relayed to all parties affected by those changes…thus the cycle of uploading the latest files, and the file aggregation begins all over again. In the background there’s quite a bit of “disconnected information” such as cost estimates, project schedules, etc. that become antiquated as soon as the design changes.
  • Combining Common Data Platform with Data Driven Visualization - What Can We Accomplish?By driving visualization with data we can literally create 3D visuals that benefit many tasks throughout the lifecycle of the project. For example:4D scheduling5D Cost EstimationProcurement and Material TrackingConstruction StatusQA/QC Check lists and their statusPunch Listing statusAsset Management/FMControl Systems Monitoring
  • SkyBIM stores all the information collected over building’s lifecycle – (not just for cost estimating)
  • What is unique about SkyBIM is that all the "real-time" BIM data is securely hosted in the cloud, allowing anywhere, anytime collaboration. For example, here is a live fully-editable link ( to an interior wall in an sample SkyBIM estimate, that allows you to:Edit a product's costsEdit and manage a product's assemblyInvite 'suppliers' to provide pricingAssign a long description to the productAssign a labor crew to a productFind products in SkyBIM to add as ingredients to the product's assemblyFind Craftsman products in SkyBIM to add as ingredients to the product's assemblyView products that have been bookmarkedModify a product's classificationsAssign a manufacturer to a productView the product's Revit based specificationsInvite people to collaborate in the editing of this productRoom Assembly Assembly Assembly Assembly
  • SkyBIMelements, anywhere to view or edit their SkyBIM product recipes
  • Combining Common Data Platform with Data Driven Visualization - What Can We Accomplish?By driving visualization with data we can literally create 3D visuals that benefit many tasks throughout the lifecycle of the project. For example:4D scheduling5D Cost EstimationProcurement and Material TrackingConstruction StatusQA/QC Check lists and their statusPunch Listing statusAsset Management/FMControl Systems Monitoring
  • inspiring vision of IPD is that of a seamless project team, not portioned by economic self interest of contractual silos of responsibility, but a collection of companies with a mutual responsibility to help one another meet an owner’s goals. To support that vision, AEs, CMs, (architects/engineers, construction managers) and their lawyers are crafting management processes and contract terms intended to align the interests of the key project team with the project mission, increase efficiency, reduce waste, and make better buildings.”The main crux of IPD is around the idea of assembling all parties involved on a project as early as possible—ideally during schematic design—to provide a collective expertise to the development of a project before anything is designed. To incentivize parties, shared risk/shared reward contracts are established upfront with an understanding that all parties are working together for the good of the project.DEFINITIONIntegrated Project Delivery (IPD) is a project delivery approach that integrates people, systems, business structures and practices into a process that collaboratively harnesses the talents and insights of all participants to reduce waste and optimize efficiency through all phases of design, fabrication and construction.Integrated Project Delivery principles can be applied to a variety of contractual arrangements and Integrated Project Delivery teams will usually include members well beyond the basic triad of owner, architect, and contractor. At a minimum, though, an Integrated Project includes tight collaboration between the owner, the architect, and the general contractor ultimately responsible for construction of the project, from early design through project handover.OVERVIEWIntegrated Project Delivery uses business structures, practices, and processes to collaboratively use the talents and insights of all participants in the design, construction and fabrication process. Beginning when the project is first conceptualized, the integrated process continues throughout the full life cycle of the facilities.Integrated Project Delivery encourages early contribution of knowledge and experience and requires proactive involvement of key participants. Responsibility is placed on the most able person with decisions being made on a “best for project” basis. Although it is possible to achieve Integrated Project Delivery without Building Information Modeling, it is the opinion and recommendation of this study that Building Information Modeling is essential to efficiently achieve the collaboration required for Integrated Project Delivery.
  • HOK Chief Executive Officer Patrick MacLeamy
  • SkyBIM Cloud based management & real-time costing of BIM projects

    1. 1. Collaboration is comingto the building industry.It‟s a monumental shiftthat promises speedand
    2. 2. A shared building model whichdigitally captures ALL projectinformation and makes itavailable to the entire projectteam throughout the lifecycle ofthe building is widely seen as theNext Big Thing indesign and
    3. 3. www.SkyBIM.comCloud based management and real- time costing of building projects Marek Brandstatter (South Africa) Dave Willard (USA)
    4. 4. Building Industry Challenges
    5. 5. Building Lifecycle Stages  Projects generate massive arrays of information Real-world productsConstruction methods Estimated Costs Actual Costs Manufacturer Info WarrantiesMaintenance records Specifications Documents PhotosRadio Frequency IDs Image courtesy of Autodesk Inc
    6. 6. Productivity in Construction Declining gradually for the past 40 years Lags other non-farm industries Reasons…  Silo mentality  Fragmented responsibility  Poor coordination  Costly re-entry of duplicate data  Much info still reduced to paper US Construction Industry Productivity Index
    7. 7. Silo mentality Digital isolation Project data locked inside silos Silo Mentality
    8. 8. Traditional „Over the Wall‟ workflow Costly re-entry of duplicate data Much info still reduced to paper Image courtesy of Dave Willard, HNTB
    9. 9. Traditional Bill of Quantities isan „Abstraction‟ of the BIM model BOQ has NO direct relationship to Building Information Model Where are the products/materials located in the model? SkyBIM knows…
    10. 10. What is SkyBIM?
    11. 11. What is SkyBIM? SkyBIM is a cloud-based platform to store ALL the information collected throughout the building‟s lifecycle to optimise the way buildings are designed, costed,  Real-world products constructed, and managed.  Construction methods  Estimated Costs  Actual Costs  Manufacturer Info  Warranties SkyBIM is the Matrix for Buildings  Maintenance records  Specifications  Documents  Photos  Radio Frequency IDs
    12. 12. SkyBIM is Unique… “SkyBIM provides a unique Cloud-based BIM platform that offers a live bi-directional exchange between real-world product data and BIM model elements.” “SkyBIM has what we consider the best common data platform by which all other phases of construction can build data upon.”
    13. 13. CAD versus BIM
    14. 14. CAD versus BIMComputer Aided Design Building Information Modeling• Primarily 2D • 2D 3D 4D 5D 6D & beyond• Dumb graphics • Intelligent objects• Lines, arcs, circles • Walls, windows, floors, roofs• AutoCAD • Revit
    15. 15. BIM as Lego
    16. 16. Think of BIM as intelligent Lego BIM elements are fully parametric Lego blocks Lego blocks are [PLACEHOLDERS] for real-world product data All Lego blocks must be accounted for - otherwise model is incomplete
    17. 17. All Lego blocks accounted for? Model is complete (No blocks missing)
    18. 18. Imagine Lego blocks• that can store „unlimited‟ building lifecycle data SkyBIM = Document Management System for Buildings BIM elements can be used as Smart Folders for “unlimited” data storage Select the BIM element to access its associated: Real-world products Construction methods Estimated Costs Actual Costs Manufacturer Info Warranties Maintenance records Specifications Documents Photos Radio Frequency IDs
    19. 19. SkyBIM Account
    20. 20. SkyBIM Account contains… People Projects Products Pricelists  Administrator  Lightweight  Lego blocks  Manufacturers  Users  Digital Doubles  Real- world recipes  Suppliers  Permissions  Product catalogs  Notifications  Databases Door Recipe Wall Recipe the 4 Ps Room Recipe*Project is just a collection of Products with Quantities
    21. 21. How SkyBIM works
    22. 22. How SkyBIM works• Lightweight Digital Double („Mini-me‟) Revit models can be huge - sometimes over 800MB Approx 1/1000th of original size – 800Kb Digital Double perfectly synchronized (by Element ID) Revit elements and their Lightweight SkyBIM counterparts are Digital Doubles linked
    23. 23. How SkyBIM works• Plug-in real-world Product Recipes & Costs  Attaching a product recipe in SkyBIM is the same as attaching it directly to the Revit model Wall Recipe Door Recipe
    24. 24. How SkyBIM works • Example real-world WALL recipeRevit wall is simply a[PLACEHOLDER]for real-world productsReal-world productsConstruction methodsEstimated CostsActual CostsManufacturer InfoWarrantiesMaintenance recordsSpecificationsDocumentsPhotosRadio Frequency IDsRemember SkyBIM can host „unlimited‟ information about the wall
    25. 25. How SkyBIM works• Example real-world DOOR recipe
    26. 26. How SkyBIM works• Projects learn from each other• Cost quicker with each successive project
    27. 27. SkyBIM and DWF
    28. 28. SkyBIM and DWF• Like PDFs – only much smarter• Export 2D/3D DWFs to share Detail Plan Section Revit 3D
    29. 29. SkyBIM and DWFs• DWF elements talk to SkyBIM (no need for Revit Model) 1. Select element in DWF file – for example, a wall in section 2. SkyBIM highlights the wall and its recipe in the cost report
    30. 30. SkyBIM is a sharable platform• Other applications can communicate with SkyBIM• Access product recipes from anywhere Wall Recipe Door Recipe Room Recipe Revit DWF (2D) Navisworks* DWF (3D)
    31. 31. SkyBIM in the Field
    32. 32. SkyBIM in the Field… Procurement, Material Tracking, Construction Status, Checklists  Specify Project Status for each ingredient Back order In transit  Tablet PC worker On site Percentage complete Installed (Use Checklists to flag any issues) Cost Reports Planned vs Actual Pick a door in plan, section, elevation or 3D  View SkyBIM recipe with ingredients
    33. 33. Implementing SkyBIM
    34. 34. Implementing SkyBIM• As easy asSkyBIM best practice1. Set up your company‟s Revit library2. Plug-in (Front load) SkyBIM product recipes3. Audit model to ensure take-off accuracy
    35. 35. Implementing SkyBIM…1. Set up your company‟s Revit library  This is a standard Revit requirement  Create Revit Lego blocks that your projects require  Apply suitable naming conventions (use common sense, be descriptive)  No need to over model  Revit Lego blocks are simply [PLACEHOLDERS] for real-world products
    36. 36. Implementing SkyBIM… 2. Plug-in (Front load) your product recipesEstimators can have a hugeimpact by Front Loadingproduct cost recipes intoBuilding Information ModelsAny project that usesFront Loaded Lego blockscan be estimated real-time
    37. 37. Implementing SkyBIM…3. Audit model to ensure take-off accuracyAll Lego blocks accounted for?Are the measurements accurate? Model is trustedCorrect SkyBIM cost recipes attached? Real-time costing
    38. 38. little bim BIG BIM
    39. 39. little bim versus BIG BIM little bim BIG BIM CAD on steroids BIM on steroids 2D 3D 4D 5D 6D Modelling expertise Collaboration expertise (IPD) Model is incomplete Model is complete Silo Mentality Data sharing No real-world recipes & costs Real-world recipes fully integrated Benefits internalised to company Benefits entire ecosystemLittle change in how you do business New business opportunities Internet is a reference Internet is pivotal Information throwaway Data is an ever evolving asset
    40. 40. little bim BIG BIM
    41. 41. Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)
    42. 42. SkyBIM facilitatesIntegrated Project Delivery• IPD brings participants together early with incentives to maximise value for the owner• Harness collective expertise & maximise efficiency• Tight collaboration, seamless project team• Decisions made on a “best for project” basis
    43. 43. Integrated Project Delivery• Simultaneous access to Project information - Architect, Estimator, Contractor, Owner, Manufacturers
    44. 44. SkyBIM benefits entire team Architect Estimator Contractor Owner Front-load product  Front-load cost recipes  Front-load cost recipes  Improved project delivery specifications and coordination  Perform automatic quantity  Perform automatic quantity  Real-time access to Real-time access to takeoffs takeoffs schedules and reports estimator‟s cost recipes/rates  Begin estimating earlier  Estimate verification -  Receives "digital double" of crosscheck measurements the project for Asset Dynamically monitor  Estimates are always Tracking & Management how design changes consistent with the  Improved constructability impact project costs design  No information "throw away"  Track progress of work Produce best-practice  Frees estimating team to completed by referencing  Maintenance / warranty Revit Models that are focus on higher value intelligent digital drawings records optimised for estimating tasks (DWF files) - assists & construction purposes  Search and locate items in generation of monthly the building quickly  Track progress of work claims Leverage high-value completed by referencing  Recall the paint color and BIM information to intelligent digital drawings  Control systems tie in with area of the feature wall in the quantity (DWF files) - assists BIM model - material executive conference room surveyor, contractor, own progress valuations tracking, installation er and other consultants status, field notes, punch lists, QA/QV, construction trade coordination
    45. 45. The BIG BIMbusiness opportunity
    46. 46. HOK‟s BIM BAM BOOM savings HOK Chief Executive Officer Patrick MacLeamy HOK is the largest U.S. based architecture-engineering firm Over 1,700 professional staff Up to 30% saving Cost benefits over 50 years Benefit Building Building Building Information Assembly Operation & Optimisation Model Model Model 1$ 20$ 60$ Design Build Manage Time
    47. 47. SkyBIM = BIG BIM!A shared building model is the Next Big Thingin design & constructionSkyBIM projects are goldmines of valuable dataManage virtual building in parallel with real oneProvide new on-going management servicesMajor competitive advantage inprocuring future work
    48. 48. The one who controlsthe project informationwill be at the center ofthe building
    49. 49. Thank you For more information contactMarek Brandstatter (South Africa) Dave Willard (USA)