For architects and engineers, lockdown doesn’t have to mean total work stoppage. Resourceful firms are using digitalization to make remote team collaboration more efficient than ever.
In this time of COVID-19, many in the architecture, building, and public works industries are waiting for construction projects to resume. But living under an unprecedented lockdown doesn’t mean that all work has to come to a standstill. The companies that are furthest along in their digital transformation are reaping the rewards of their early investment in Building Information Modeling (BIM) and remote team collaboration.
With work evenly distributed between offices in Rome, Paris, and Geneva, architecture firm It’s has always focused on dematerialization—both internally and when collaborating with customers and partners. But the COVID-19 crisis has revealed a paradox: “We’re actually finding it more difficult to work remotely with colleagues who are normally in the same office than with those who are already far away,” says Paris-based cofounder Francesco Marinelli.
Preparation Is Key for Remote Collaboration
A longtime Autodesk Revit and BIM 360 user, It’s regularly sets up virtual meetings with clients to move forward on current projects. “The fact we aren’t able to meet face-to-face means that we need to spend more time preparing for these meetings in advance,” says Marco Teofili, the firm’s Rome-based BIM manager. He cites the example of opening documents the company plans to use beforehand to optimize meeting time and allow for more informed discussions. “In this sense, it’s a process that reminds us of the upstream phase of creating a BIM model,” adds partner and co-founder Paolo Mezzalama. “For everything to work, we need to anticipate the unexpected.”
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