Major construction projects are complex and involve numerous actors. Digital models created using building information modelling methods, also known as BIM, are often created to simplify cooperation between developers, architects, structural engineers and project managers, as well as construction companies and service providers. That involves those parties using various IT applications, services and catalogues. However, because such systems are often incompatible and cannot be used throughout processes, managing media discontinuities, manual rework and handling out-of-date plans are everyday tasks in the construction sector – and that can delay projects.
Project SWARM’s goal is to solve the problem of time-consuming inconsistencies in construction planning and project development. The BIMSWARM platform will offer software applications, services and data that are based on open standards. Users will be able to assume that the applications presented on the marketplace have been tested, meaning they are BIM certified, and that they are suitable for inter-company cooperation.
That means they don’t need to constantly ask themselves: Which quality criteria do I have to consider when buying new applications and tools? Which programs can I use to process a particular file? Which IT products are compatible? The BIMSWARM platform will offer the industry an overview of the market, and provide information about standards and certification processes. It will also support combinations of software products from different manufacturers – whether in the planning office, on the building site, or in facility management after construction is complete.