Integrating BIM

March 09, 2011

Integrated lifecycle solutions that can link BIM (building information modeling) to other processes such as cost estimating, ERP (enterprise resource planning), and project-management software can cut back on redundancies and save time, effort, and money. 

In an effort to do just that, Ryan Companies US, www.ryancompanies.com, Minneapolis, Minn., announced it is now using BIM in conjunction with Proliance software from Meridian Systems, www.meridiansystems.com, Folsom, Calif.

Ryan Companies—a builder, developer, designer, and real-estate manager—says it is working with Horizontal Systems, www.horizontalsystems.com, New York, N.Y., a Meridian independent software vendor, to enable BIM data integration with its capital program management software. 

Through Horizontal’s Glue technology, Ryan says it has eliminated the need for data related to tasks such as schedule coordination, clash detection, and quantity takeoff to be separately entered into software such as Proliance and Revit by Autodesk, www.autodesk.com, San Rafael, Calif.

Frank Sarno, director of construction applications, Ryan Companies, says, “In the past, we would package up our BIM files, date stamp them, and have a meeting to discuss that set of documents. Now, with the integration that Horizontal has implemented with Meridian, realtime discussions have replaced these meetings, saving us hours, even days.”

According to the companies, the combination of Proliance and Glue’s Web-based interface makes it easy for project managers to view models. The technology also integrates with tablets—allowing field workers to access model data remotely. 

As technology becomes increasingly sophisticated, construction firms can leverage these powerful software solutions to improve processes, including BIM. By integrating BIM data with other software, contractors and their teams can cut back on time-consuming processes, streamlining workflow and adding to the all-important bottomline.