It looks essentially like a cloud manager for BCF issues. From the marketing spiel:
issues directly linked to objects in your BIM together with the correct viewpoint for quick visualisation
all the information needed at hand to lookup, create and solve issues within your BIM tool,
to save all your issues in the cloud and be able to access them from anywhere at anytime.
BIMcollab centralizes issue management in the cloud, simplifies this process and offers a structured way of storing, sharing and managing issues. But more important: you have the information right where it’s needed most: directly within your BIM model checker and BIM authoring tools.
If you are already using it, feel free to comment and let us know what you think. UPDATE some links from the press release:
KUBUS announces the release of a new ground breaking product: BIMcollab®. This BCF based issue management system for BIM in the cloud operates across applications. It helps bridging the differences between BIM tools, and targets the multidisciplinary cooperation between companies working on construction projects.
We are happy to invite you to try BIMcollab for free. Upload BCF files or connect to BIM applications and invite team members to view your issues. Improving communication in BIM projects starts today. Join us >
BCF Managers for free
With the introduction of BIMcollab® we now offer our BCF Managers for free. These add-ons for Revit, simplebim and ArchiCAD have a direct link to BIMcollab® from the before mentioned BIM authoring tools. Download >
The View “Discipline” setting in Revit is a high level visibility control that can have some significant consequences on how a view actually looks. Amongst other things, it works as a high level switch for Hidden Lines.
As the online Help demonstrates: In view properties for 2D views and 3D views, set the Show Hidden Lines parameter to By Discipline to display hidden lines based on the assigned discipline of the view.
For all views, the default value for Show Hidden Lines is By Discipline, with the following results:
If Discipline is set to Architectural or Coordination, do not display hidden lines.
If Discipline is set to Structural, show hidden lines.
If Discipline is set to Mechanical, Electrical, or Plumbing, show hidden lines.
There is a lot of practical wisdom presented in this recent article by Gensler’s Jared Krieger.
He recommends against “BIM execution plans as long as 50 pages, with page after page of information and procedures.”
A few more interesting quotes: discussion early on about which team members will be modeling which pieces of the building
where should the model be during the schematic design, design development, and construction document phases
setting up a duplicate workset with the consultants’ grids so they can be turned on and off as needed
On clashes: concentrate on the areas where you know there are going to be problems. You can’t let the computer do everything. Good architects know where they need to focus their coordination efforts.
During team meetings: only team members who are proficient in Revit get to drive the model
This one is sure to raise some eyebrows: “Anything in a design that is smaller than two inches in size—such as wire, conduit, and pipe—should not be modeled, because small components can usually be worked around larger components on site”
I am very interested multi-discipline BIM collaboration techniques, and I enjoy seeing how these techniques are applied in case studies and ‘real world’ situations. Check out the video below:
The workshop aimed to “showcase BIM as a more efficient and effective way for project teams to collaborate, promoting a higher level of understanding and adoption of BIM within the profession and construction industry.” (link)