HorizonsPic3v.1The need to share information across a diverse range of disciplines is another major challenge within the construction industry. Information needs to be current, as this data will form the basis of important decisions. Such decisions will have a tangible cost, as they may lead to work being undertaken in the wrong sequence and this need to be undone as a result.

The need for effective collaboration and timely information is critical to keeping the project and cost controls on track.

IT is now in a position to provide the tools that enable the sharing and dissemination of information to potentially, hundreds of contract partners, as well as providing elegant tools and solutions that allow information to be available on demand. Such tools are designed to keep projects on schedule and to budget, by allowing project drawings and other documents to be shared online whenever they are needed, to whoever needs them, wherever they happen to be.

Communication with subcontractors is vastly improved, becoming more instantaneous, reliable and traceable. Integration with design software means builders can easily update and publish drawings and make them available to their subcontractors, resulting in a largely paperless process.

The need to share with contractors who do not use CAD is addressed by the use of DWF files, which enable sharing and viewing of 2D and 3D files without their native programs.

 

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