News from AU
July 31, 2019

The Power of Connected Workflows and Better Collaboration

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Distances used to divide us. But with every wave of innovation, we’ve found new ways to connect across miles and continents—from sharing calls to sharing desktops. It’s been the same with our processes. As technology has advanced, methods once unrelated are now merging. New tools for collaboration and integration are making a complete design-to-make experience possible—one that’s seamless and smart.

Separate processes are coming together. Disparate teams are working together in new ways, with new technology. And at the center of it all, like a nucleus, is data—the data from your designs, your models, your structures. Now it can serve as the single point of truth for every step of every process.

Thomas Kemp, a BIM specialist at RATIO Architects, and Matt Wunch, a digital content creator for ARCAT, led learning sessions at AU Las Vegas 2018. And both took the time to sit down with us as part of our Explainer video series to share thoughts about collaboration, across both teams and tools.

In the long run, connection itself is what makes the difference. Whether you’re connecting processes, people, platforms, or all the above, it’s the act of connection that improves outcomes.


The Advantages of Cloud Collaboration
Use BIM to Include Multiple Design Partners
The Challenges of Multiple Design Partners

Having multiple design partners working on a single model is helpful, but it can also bring challenges. Cloud collaboration allows you to see your partner’s work as it’s happening in real time. What's the bottom line for Kemp? “Better design. Better deliverables.”

For Matt Wunch, collaboration isn’t about connecting people so much as connecting tools. “What I mean by complete collaboration is being able to take information from one software and relatively seamlessly import it into another application,” he explains. "Collaborating between various applications is not as daunting a task as people think it is.”


AEC Collaboration in 5 Simple Steps
Seamless Collaboration with AEC Applications
Solving AEC Collaboration Challenges

Related learning

Want to dig into some learning content related to collaboration? Check out these AU sessions.

Complete Collaboration (and More) in 5 Simple Steps—Using the Architecture, Engineering & Construction Collection

In this instructional demo from AU Las Vegas 2018, Matt Wunch shares his 5 simple steps for collaboration within the AEC Collection. Save time and money, streamline the workflow, and forget about translation issues—it’s not as hard as you think.

Navisworks: It’s Not Just for Contractors

Ever shared your “clash-free” models, only to discover at the construction coordination meeting that the design models have 53,000 clashes? Thomas Kemp and Navisworks are here to help. In this AU Las Vegas industry talk, he and Angie Doyle show you the use cases and benefits of working in Navisworks, and how to configure a model for design coordination.

BIM 360 Design Collaboration—It’s a Small World After All—There Is No ‘I’ in Team

Wrestling with the best way to coordinate on a design project with multiple companies? Know the pain of getting everyone on a system where the design can be shared, viewed, and worked on? In this AU Las Vegas instructional demo, Adam Peter demonstrates workflows and best practices as he explores BIM 360 Design Collaboration, BIM 360 Document Management, and Revit.