BIM (building information modeling can be a valuable resource in the construction industry, allowing teams to see a digital representation of what a building may look like, and share information which can enable better-informed decisions. Recently, three organizations completed a collaboration which will ultimately allow them to improve on that element of information sharing.

Obayashi,, Toyko, Japan, alongside NEC,, Toyko, Japan, and GRAPHISOFT,, Budapest, Hungary, recently completed their Smart BIM Cloud pilot project. The project, which commences operation this month, aims to allow safer and smoother information sharing among stakeholders.

With this project, the companies are combining NEC’s experience delivering large-scale cloud implementations, GRAPHISOFT’s history developing BIM software, and Obayashi’s knowledge of implementing BIM services with design and construction projects, to aid in their increased use of BIM.

The Smart BIM Cloud Pilot aims to provide a comprehensive IT infrastructure built around advanced BIM server technology, which can then give construction teams access to large amounts of information. This can be particularly beneficial in the early stages of a project, as contractors, designers, and construction companies can stay in sync. As a result, two key goals can be achieved:

  • Maintaining an early consensus and understanding on ideas for a structure by making design and construction documents available electronically on any device.
  • An increase in productivity via the easy accessibility of data. Information regarding building specifications, sourcing, simulations, and other components of the project is available at a team’s proverbial fingertips, which can potentially make the overall management of the project easier.

Obayashi reportedly aims to use BIM for every design-construction project by 2015. In demonstration of its commitment to this technology, the company has formed a new division: PD Center (Product, Design, Delivery, Digital). This division is focused on reforming business processes to accelerate the company’s BIM adoption.

Considering the potential BIM has to increase productivity and efficiency on a project, many might find it difficult to argue its overall benefits on the construction industry. That’s certainly a notion to which Obayashi, NEC, and GRAPHISOFT likely aren’t opposed.