Model-based Team Communication

Building Information Modeling brings unique challenges to design teams. When implementing BIM architects often run into bottlenecks in model accessibility and workflow management. While these issues can be managed in large firms they can be overwhelming for small to mid-size practices. At ARCHVISTA our focus is on technology for small to mid-size practices. Thus it’s important that our solutions are efficient for these size offices, without heavy overhead or expensive cost.

For model-based team communication we recommend the BIM Server. This product is a model based team collaboration solution that uses an industry-first Delta Server™ technology. It reduces network traffic to a minimum for instant and reliable data-exchange both within the office and over the Internet. The BIM Server manages multiple points of connectivity, maintaining a central point of truth that all parties can access. Unlike file-based sharing solutions that behave like an FTP – the BIM Server keeps everyone on the same page. Working in multiple data sources allows for a missing link in the chain of communication. It helps avoid missed updates, which means no user is liable to fall out of the loop and no longer be part of the process.

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BIM Server in Practice


Fergus Garber Young Architects is a growing practice located in the design-sensitive and collegial environment of Palo Alto, California. FGY understands the importance of good design with a higher level of attention, management and environmental stewardship to clients, both residential and commercial. Their projects are varied in architectural styles that reflect FGY’s goal to embrace clients’ interests and desires. They match clients goals to the essential qualities of good architecture: strong plans, good proportions, and a high attention to detail to make functional and beautiful designs. In this case study Heather Young, a partner in FGY, will review how the BIM Server and ARCHICAD’s Teamwork technology aided in facilitating communication as well as increasing productivity. She will discuss how the technology has improved their workflow and design process as well as it’s impact on project collaboration.