Collaboration: This one word has taken on new life in the construction industry in the past few years, as construction companies look for ways to easily share data between internal employees and external project participants. Many construction firms are finding a high level of collaboration can be enabled by implemented processes for BIM (building information modeling).

Like many contracting companies, Yates Construction,, Birmingham, Ala., had been challenged in the past with sharing large volumes of data and running into software compatibility issues with internal and external stakeholder, and decided to implement a new process and solution in order to address this challenge.

Specifically, the company decided to implement BIM Manager from Viewpoint Construction Software,, Portland, Ore. Yates had initially put Viewpoint For Project Collaboration in place in 2013 and just recently added BIM Manager in order to share project information models with all key project stakeholders.

With the technology, Yates Construction will be able to easily enable the flow of models, drawings, documents, and other project data throughout the course of a construction project, ultimately giving team members the data needed to move the project forward.

This particular technology is built on an Open BIM platform, which means data isn’t siloed in this one particular system, but can also be shared with other systems in the Open BIM program.

For the construction-technology community, one big component of BIM has been getting the various systems to “talk” to each other, so the data can easily flow between the different platforms available for engineers, owners, architects, and contractors. Technology companies continue to come to market with new solutions and partnerships that aim to do just that.

For example, Assemble Systems,, Houston, Texas, a provider of BIM data-management software, and Kahua,, Alpharetta, Ga., a provider of a cloud-based, business-to-business collaboration platform, recently announced a new partnership.

Together, the companies will provide construction companies with the ability to integrate business process with BIM data. More specifically, the two systems will connect construction documentation workflows and BIM, allowing business to access project data through the lifecycle of projects.

As the construction industry looks for new ways to share data throughout the lifecycle of a project, technology continues to advance. The end result will be more efficiency on the jobsite.