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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Streamlining BIM Project Communication using Newforma

Streamlining BIM Project Communication using Newforma  
Currently, construction industry is facing challenges for complex and unique projects with multiple services getting involved. The demanding owners want best quality, best finishes, fast execution and lowest operation cost and that too within an aggressive deadline. Consequently, collaborating with multiple stakeholders has become complicated. In this regard, Pinnacle Infotech- the leading BIM ServiceProvider in the world has implemented Newforma for streamlining project communication, facilitating Document Management, Contract Management & Project Information Management

Benefits of Newforma Implementation

·         Centralized Project Document Control - Pinnacle has made centralized file sharing and has successfully evaded the shortcoming of sharing files through email or FTP. Intranet access is easy at the office, but it’s difficult for the team members, staying abroad. Now, there is one project nucleus for sharing all information, even if the team members are separated geographically. So, whether they are in Jeddah (on-site) or they are at their office in India, Newforma software platform  helps to keep all team members centred on one project nucleus for uploading files, downloading transmittals and viewing milestones. The contractors are also able to track submittal registries and RFIs and can see the catalogue of project team members.
·         RFI & Document Management - RFI Logs (All) - Newforma has offered Pinnacle several ways at desk, on web and on mobiles to access, update, assemble and organize information required by the project team. The project team, engineers, consultants and owners are able to quickly review and comment on the online mark up and cross reference the RFI without the need for retaining copies or sending print-outs.
·         Automatic Transmittal Generation - Management of transmittals is difficult for Pinnacle, as multiple contracts need to be tracked for projects. However, by implementing Newforma, it is easier to track how transmittals are getting logged. They can be observed on a timely basis and can be sent back to the right contractors. Moreover, automatic transmittal generation reduces the manual excel work for documentation at day end.
·         Reduction of Manual Errors & Risk Mitigation - Newforma helped to reduce errors like eliminating duplicity of file names, when bulk excel data are incorporated. Moreover, change log is automatically updated so that nobody tampers data in any project activity

Automated Newforma Workflow in Pinnacle Projects Mechanizing BIM

Newforma in BIM Production Workflow of Pinnacle Infotech   
Pinnacle Streamlining BIM Project Operations with Newforma Implementation

Pinnacle has executed Newforma Adaptations across industry verticals with more than 763

Pinnacle projects under Newforma platform - (Approximately 100% of current projects of Pinnacle Infotech are in Newforma). Newforma Project Center (NPC) creates a powerful, productive environment for project managers and project teams, enabling easy organization of project information, exchange of large amount of information with internal and external project team members and running of project processes efficiently. Project Information Management (PIM) application organizes & provides context for information in terms that any AEC activities can relate to & offer a suite of activities that all AECO project team members will find useful.
Direct Time Saving through Automation & Process Time Saving through Automation

Direct ROI – Time Saved from Newforma Implementation in Pinnacle BIM Projects

Result - Pinnacle has streamlined BIM Project Operations with Newforma Software Implementation, saving 11477 Hours from April, 2016 – April, 2017. Pinnacle has executed Newforma Adaptations across industry verticals with 795+ projects under Newforma platform. Moreover, Newforma usage has helped Pinnacle team members to manage 50,426 documents, 3751 RFIs and 18,343 Transmittals.

Pinnacle Case Study – Jeddah Tower using Newforma - Newforma Software Implementation helped in DocumentManagement Automation in Jeddah Tower Project, which is expected to be the leading Sky Scrapper in the world

BIM Scope of Work – Pinnacle’s scope of work for the project included Design Engineering & Validation of MEP Services, Constructability Review, Model Creation MEP, FP, BMS & Coordination – LOD 400, Design Revision and Change Management, Builder’s Work Drawings for MEP, Shop Drawings  for MEP & Fire Protection & BMS - Quantity Take – Off.

Challenges Faced
·         Information Management  due to  Huge Project Volume & Manual method of sending emails & transmittals - 30 min/transmittal, avg. 25 files
·         Transmittal  Management for Maintaining Transmittals & Submittal & Tracking Transmittals
·         RFI Management for Maintaining RFI logs for various trades & stakeholders located across geographies
·         Revision Management & Tracking Emails for Maintaining revision control of Builder's Work & Coordinated Shop Drawings & Tracking emails for decision making and resolving disputes
·         Client transmittals generated automatically through Newforma
·         Shop Drawing register pulled through Newforma

Data Mitigation benefits - Newforma helped to reduce errors like eliminating duplicity of file names, when bulk excel data are incorporated. Moreover, change log is automatically updated so that nobody tampers data in any project activity

 Newforma Software Implementation for Kingdom Tower/Jeddah Tower
Total Construction Area- 464,920 SQ. M
Over 25 Stake Holders across geographies & 400 Newforma users
Drawings & Documents Controlled - 20,000 Approx
 Contract documents - 12,702; Shop drawings – 15,000; other documents – 2,000 

Newforma Contract Management 

Challenges of Maintaining Project Contracts Manually
·         Project contract tracking in excel & docs
·         Varying cost codes for different projects
·         Project contract tracking's in excel
·         Mail communication for change orders & re-tracking communications in excel
·         Errors  encountered in terms of manual & technical aspects while computing
·         Time & team recourses required for tracking & creating reports

Key benefits from Manual to Automated Newforma Contract Management (CRM)
·         One Page CRM dashboard with automatic project contract transmittal creation with key contract terms & conditions
·         Cost Codes a major key to break up  project contract
·         Formal & Change Order invoice tracking progress with auto reports
·         Change Order proposals sending to Estimation team

Manual to Automation: Pinnacle’s workflow objectives
·         Pinnacle CRM Tracking - Tracking variation claims from clients, Tracking progress payments Vs. the claims from Pinnacle’s side (reflections are automatically seen in project contract)
·         Pinnacle CRM Notifications - Notification mails & CO transmittals are sent to concerned person, Newforma Contract dashboard showed overall commitments (Cost codes updated as per requirement)

Future of Newforma - NBIM VEO Collaboration - Newforma implementation helps to simplify BIM adoption by streamlining project operations in public, private as well as government sectors. The next generation will work with cloud technology. With Newforma Project Information Management - Newforma Integrates with BIM to provide effective project solutions & collaborations. The Newforma® Project Information Link allows you to get more out of an investment in BIM by bringing project information management (PIM) capabilities into Autodesk Revit suite of BIM applications. The Newforma® Project Information Link streamlines project information management processes such as room and spatial data management, punch list integration, document control and revision management, resolution of design problems and discoverable design process audit trail. The Newforma add-in integrates with Revit Architecture, Revit MEP and Revit Structure. VEO is a platform for model and information aggregation for all BIM collaborations using Newforma.

NBIM VEO Collaboration

Benefits of Newforma Cloud Collaboration
·         BIM collaboration using NBIM VEO syncing from NPC or NIX
·         Master Presets Creating Views & Creating Tags & Markup
·         VR Capabilities : Adding materials/colors in live review (Style Sets)
·         Delta uploading from Revit
·         Walk Through, Measurement & Sectioning
·         Element selection & getting  FM properties
·         Document Management for facility handover & Operations


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