Companies often end up building software they don’t need. Prototyping offers a way to avoid this situation by quickly validating whether your concept is needed, wanted, and feasible. COLLECTIVE’s prototyping service draws upon our knowledge of the AECO market and software development process. We work with you to iteratively test and validate ideas. It’s an active process. We’ll be shooting ideas at you, getting feedback, and helping you alleviate the risk of trying to solve this on your own. The output will typically be a mockup of an application; something you can touch and feel in order to get buy-in from others and feedback from potential users. Alternatively, the output may be the discovery that what you’re trying to do isn’t feasible or doesn’t require a technological solution. In either COLLECTIVE, you will leave the prototyping process with a much clearer understanding of whether there is value in developing a custom software solution, and what that solution would look like, without having to make any final commitment or a larger investment into developing a fully deployable and supported piece of software.
Interoperability & Workflow Planning
Building industry professionals apply a wide variety of technologies to design, deliver and operate a building, but no tool is good at everything. Given the diverse needs of the firm and its project teams, it is important to consider flexible integrations between workflows to ensure efficiency and data integrity. When properly planned and deployed, interoperability solutions can greatly improve workflow efficiencies, team collaboration, and downstream information reuse. COLLECTIVE’s Interoperability Planning approach involves working with teams to plan the project workflow, define required data integrations, and implement workflow technologies that ensure a streamlined process.
BIM Execution Planning
The BIM Execution Plan (BEP) is one of the most important elements of any successful BIM project. It defines the expected BIM deliverables and guides the coordination of the project teams. COLLECTIVE has considerable experience in developing BIM Execution Plans. Over many years and many projects we have established a process for creating BEPs that are succinct, successful, and tailored to your project. We begin with a stakeholder workshop to establish the project goals and team capabilities. From this we develop a customized BIM Execution Plan that defines the following: the people involved and their roles; the process for exchanging, authoring, reviewing, and coordinating models; and the BIM deliverable and a Model Element Table (MET) specifying the expected model development at every stage of the project. At the end of this process, we run a project kickoff meeting to take the team through the BEP and ensure that everyone is effectively working towards the successful delivery of the project.
A BIM manager oversees a project’s BIM implementation. They help direct the project team while also offering advice on modeling strategies, procedures, and best practices. They oversee the project deliverables and are responsible for monitoring the health of the model, acting as quality control on the model, keeping track of model issues, and facilitating model sharing. It’s a big job and one that’s essential to any BIM project. Many firms will internally promote a senior staff member into this position. For firms that don’t have the capacity, or that don’t have enough BIM work to justify a full-time BIM manager, COLLECTIVE can take on the role of BIM manager. We will appoint one of our experienced staff members to take care of your project team. They will run coordination meetings, monitor the quality of your models, and share COLLECTIVE’s insights into improving the BIM process.
Coordination and Clash Detection
A BIM project is typically made up of multiple models. There are models by the architect, structural engineers, MEP engineers, as well as other trades, disciplines, and manufacturers. Clash detection is the process of integrating these models together and identifying any inconsistencies that need to be resolved. A clash might be two elements from different models that overlap in space, or it might be something more complex, like one element interfering with the installation sequence of another. COLLECTIVE provides a comprehensive clash detection service. We work with the project team to develop a clash analysis strategy that will help to prioritize the coordination of high impact items. At various agreed upon stages in the project, COLLECTIVE will gather the relevant models, perform the clash analysis, communicate the issues to the various teams, and help everyone participate in the progress of issue resolution. Using the customized tools and clash analysis workflows we’ve developed, the project team will be able to identify and resolve potentially disruptive sequencing and constructability issues well before they arise on site.
Product Strategy & Management
Picking products to be used or setting off on the adventure to build your own technology product can be scary. We can help you through that process at various levels of engagement. COLLECTIVE can manage the product selection or development of an an app or entire ecosystem of enterprise scale tools. This includes:
- reviewing & managing the product strategy and roadmap
- analyzing and mapping complex business processes
- working with business stakeholders to prioritize and define new workflows around software bought, integrated, or built
- guiding product decisions for applications that are critical for the organization.
- leading prioritization, planning, and management efforts
- developing metrics and analytics to evaluate success of applications. Using measurements to inform product direction
- managing the product side of purchasing, customizations, and integrations on top of third-party solutions and with existing applications
- leading vendors and consultants in development engagements
- overseeing a user experience that minimizes friction and delights users.
- designing training and onboarding experiences for products.
Geometry rationalization is the process of making objects more constructible. While rationalization has made possible the complicated, freeform surfaces present in many instances of contemporary architecture, it is equally applicable to more conventional projects that nonetheless still need to be constructed in the most efficient way possible. COLLECTIVE has significant experience working with leading design, construction, and fabrication firms on complex rationalization problems. We work with clients to develop a criteria for rationalization and to examine the feasibility of various rationalization approaches. By combining our knowledge of geometry and fabrication, we are able to help clients produce buildings that are easier to fabricate, better sequenced for construction, and more efficient overall.
BIM is all about data consistency. If the model is constructed in a consistent way, it will be far more coherent and therefore easier to interpret and use. To achieve consistency is vital to have a clear set of BIM standards. COLLECTIVE can work with you to develop a precise and practical set of BIM standards. We will meet with you to learn about your specific modeling requirements and to review your existing graphic and CAD standards. Based on these meetings, we will develop a specific set of standards that will improve the overall quality of your models and the consistency of your data.
When a team delivers a BIM model, they need to be certain that it contains all the data specified in the BIM Execution Plan (BEP). A standards complacence check confirms that the model meets these BEP requirements. Typically the model is checked whenever a change in ownership occurs, such as when the design team gives the model to the construction team, or when the construction team hands the model off to the facility managers. COLLECTIVE is well versed in auditing and verifying models. If there are any deficiencies, we can assist in proactively addressing them, which helps ensure that the BIM deliverables match the expectations expressed in the BIM Execution Plan.