One of the biggest challenges in construction projects is the heterogeneous composition of project teams, which makes it difficult for different construction participants to share information. Desktop services reinforce this isolated way of working, as information remains within each discipline. The data that is shared represents a snapshot of the project at a particular point in time, which is – in principle – outdated as soon as it is sent while the project is ongoing. This can lead to errors and inconsistencies down the road if interdependent disciplines are not kept up to date.
Cloud technology eliminates these problems altogether. With cloud-based collaboration platforms, each discipline can share information in a controlled and centralized way. This means that each party has access to the information that is needed – even on the construction site – while maintaining control over their own data. The sub-models of the individual disciplines can be combined into an overall model so that conflicts can be identified and resolved at an early stage.
Cloud technology allows different users in multiple locations to work on a model simultaneously, either to solve a problem together or to support the work of other disciplines, without having to send files and information by e-mail. Using the cloud, each project participant can use the software for which expertise is already available, while the data can still be shared thanks to the open interfaces and database structure.