The Ultimate Guide to Model Conditioning

Model Conditioning

Data fuels decisions and dictates deadlines throughout every stage of construction. Much of this essential data is embedded in the 2D and 3D models that serve as the foundation for a construction project.  

There’s a wealth of data available on today’s projects, especially with the growing use of Building Information Modeling (BIM). The challenge companies now face is how to meaningfully take that data, enrich it, and connect it between their most critical systems and workflows. To make their data work as hard as possible, it must be first extracted and compiled in a way that’s relevant for everyone on the project team.  

This process is called model conditioning, and it helps unlock the “I” in Building Information Modeling. With the right cloud-based solution, BIM/VDC teams can remove historical barriers to entry (like hardware or lack of Revit expertise) and give anyone access to the power of BIM data.  

 Why Does Cloud-Based Model Conditioning Matter? 

Today's design models are more data-rich than ever. But unless project teams are connected to the project during the design phase, it’s challenging to get the kind of data they need into the model for downstream use. Contractors usually end up “getting what they get,” and in a lot of cases, they only use the model for a visual representation of the project.  

But what if there was an easier way to inject rich data into the model without going into authoring tools? Imagine a world where preconstruction teams could get up-to-date model takeoff information, project managers could confirm impact of design changes on budget, and the scheduling team could use the model to track work in place – all without having to access the information in the authoring tool. 

That’s where a cloud-based model conditioning solution comes into play. The right solution makes it easy to add that rich data to your models, making them more than a pretty picture for the owner. Model conditioning means taking the design model and adding information to it to make it even more useful for future phases of the project. This information-rich model can then be extremely beneficial for processes like quantity surveys, change management, work in place tracking, and scheduling.  

 What Does Cloud-Based Model Conditioning Deliver? 

The right toolsets can help construction professionals condition, query, and connect BIM data into key workflows. This makes it possible for project teams to access data from design through construction in a meaningful way.  

At its core, model conditioning allows teams to deepen the information that is available via models. This includes:  

  • Importing custom assembly codes 
  • Applying unit costs to model elements 
  • Adding custom properties 
  • Syncing properties  
  • Bucketing items into different bid packages/scopes 
  • Breaking down the model by zones 
  • Grouping, sorting, filtering and organizing project information 
  • Saving filtered views for quick access for the field and the office 

… and so much more.  

There is always something that can be learned from the model to help improve the construction process. With cloud-based model conditioning, teams can achieve a more efficient workflow that serves up the most relevant data to all project stakeholders, from the office to the jobsite. 

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In this guide, you’ll learn:  

  • Why using a cloud-based model conditioning workflow matters  
  • What the workflow involves – and how it makes life easier for the entire project team 
  • Success stories from general contractors who use this workflow 
  • Insights into the technology adoption process 

By the end, BIM/VDC experts will walk away with a clear picture of how a cloud-based workflow will help them empower project stakeholders with more useful, up-to-date, and  accurate BIM data. 

McKenzie Gregory

McKenzie Gregory was a Content Marketing Manager at Autodesk Construction Solutions.