Saving more than 1,500 hours per year
“We identified a use case where 3D Repo ‘Smart Groups’ would automatically validate our model data via the creation of different rules in order to check the models”, explains Stephen Chudley, BIM, Design, and Technology Director at Mid Group. “Last year across all our projects, we processed more than 400 models and checked every model for information accuracy. This process typically took a minimum of three to four hours per model which translated into thousands of hours.”
For the use case to be viable, the checking procedure needed to be automated, scalable, transferable across all projects and file types, and provide easy access to the data for all. Mid Group and Sterling BIM worked collaboratively with 3D Repo to create a custom set of data validation rules to be added to 3D Repo’s ‘smart groups’ feature that Mid Group now use to validate model data.
The Sterling BIM team then developed and enhanced the 3D Repo Power BI templates to produce an automatically generated dashboard report which summarises model quality and highlights any non-conformities.
“This has cut the time spent on each model to approximately 30 minutes. The results of the model check are automatically shared in the 3D Repo platform as well as via the automatically generated report using the 3D Repo open API and Power BI. We have not just achieved a reduction in time, but also a process improvement that allows us to achieve greater efficiency and accuracy whilst driving up quality. The improvement has also been delivered at speed – from use case definition, through product implementation, data validation testing, to rollout took less than 6 months,” continues Stephen.
“In addition to an estimated time saving of over 1,500 hours per year, we found that we collaborate much better with our partners thanks to 3D Repo’s solution”, added Stephen. “Our end users are construction and commercial teams who really value the fact that the data is always correct. And, thanks to the dashboards, we can quickly identify where the issues are, saving time across our entire project team including consultants and contractors.”