Here at Interact we work with customers from all industries, from housing associations and non-profits, to retail giants and logistics companies. Our hugely varied client base exposes us to just how varied the business objectives of each sector are and the challenges they face. At the top of the agenda for our customers in construction is the recent UK Government Strategy for†Building Information Modelling (BIM). The 2016 deadline for implementing Level 2 BIM (3D Models combined with a collaborative platform) for all centrally funded projects is fast approaching. Some organisations are struggling to combine their expertise in design and project management with an effective and efficient means of digitally collaborating.

Interact is currently supporting customers within the industry to achieve this, so we wanted to share how an intranet can support BIM objectives and the goals of the business as a whole, to help others in the same boat. Here are†nine ways we think you could go about it:

  1. Upload large videos for everyone who needs them

    The ability to embed large video files into a central and accessible place would ensure all those who need to see design videos are able to do so. With an easy-to-use platform designed with the non-technical user in mind, anyone can amend and add content, limiting company silos and reliance upon overstretched IT departments.

  2. Store all essential documents in one central location

    Having one place to store documents means they are accessible to everyone who needs to see them, from legislative material necessary for those working on-site, to design files for colleagues working at separate office locations. In-line preview can allow quick, easy access to much needed information.

  3. Access information and documentation on the move

    The growth of mobile technology has also brought a growth in demand for information to be available whenever and wherever itís required. Bring the ability to communicate and collaborate to employees working on-site, as well as those in the office.

  4. Keep everyone on the same page

    Keeping track of a projectís development is made easy with Version Control and makes sure you remain compliant. Revert back to previous copies of documents and keep everyone accessing the most up-to-date information.

  5. Ensure the right people are able to make changes

    Make sure the right people are seeing the right things, and that those who need to edit documents are able to.

  6. Limit the chances of human error when filling in forms in a hurry

    Ensure the correct information is inputted when colleagues are quickly filling in online forms remotely. Workflow and Forms allows you to allocate the type of data which should be populated, reducing the chance of mistakes and speeding up the authorisation process.

  7. Give individual spaces for individual projects

    Creating a team space allows you to make sure all the people involved with certain projects have access to the information they need. Create an area for them to collaborate, share issues and collectively solve problems, either privately or publically.

  8. Make sure relevant content reaches different sectors

    Multiple homepages allows you to display relevant information to different sectors of your business, while still allowing access to answers and best practice from across the whole organisation.† An intelligent search function enables employees to find the solution to their problem by searching all content including documents, staff directory, calendars, blogs and attachments.

  9. Specific places to discuss and resolve issues as they arise

    Tackle problems head on by combining experience and opinion on forums, wherever in the project they arise. Whether BIM pre-construction models identify problems or difficulties that arise on-site, the questions and resolutions can be captured on your intranet for colleagues confronted with a similar problem to consult in future.

While an intranet canít design the construction process of a skyscraper, it can facilitate efficient and effective communication from start to finish of a project, supplementing the 3D CAD systems which you already have in place.

Book your place on our free webinar today†to see†how an effective collaboration platform can supplement the design expertise you already have.