Imarati Engineers & Consultants (IEC), acting on behalf of its clients, provides building information management and project management services covering the initial design phase through construction. IEC has a clear vision for BIM utilization at both the design and construction phases of projects, and it wanted to develop a structured approach to the flow of information to satisfy all client requirements. It also needed a way to overcome time zone barriers that hindered efficient collaboration of geographically dispersed teams.
IEC chose to use Bentley software, including ProjectWise, Bentley Architecture, and Bentley Navigator Mobile, to enable its BIM services. IEC selected the i-model format to enable quick, safe exchanges of project data. i-models are used for data exchange, project visualization on mobile devices (such as iPads), and BIM updates during construction.
Using ProjectWise, all parties can access files at their convenience. i-models make it easy to share project progress with clients from both the Bentley platforms and other software – even with people and teams that are geographically separated. Users can also extract embedded data in i-models, which has allowed IEC to achieve a level of precision not possible using normal quantification systems in the BIM authoring software. On one project, IEC derived reports from a full set of MEP system i-models in just 2 hours, saving an estimated 780 hours if this work had been done manually.
ProjectWise enables geographically dispersed stakeholders to collaborate quickly and efficiently around a single source of trusted data. Users can also view i-models in Navigator Mobile, which allows them to share designs in progress with stakeholders on their preferred devices. IEC also uses SQL to interrogate embedded facility data in i-models to harvest quantities of materials needed for actual construction; this is a totally new way to leverage Bentley technology to meet their goals.