Using BIM (building information modeling) in the field can improve quality and commissioning. However, one of the primary challenges of moving into the 3D environment is the plethora of facility information that already exists in 2D.

To help the industry Ziggurat, www.zigguratsystems.com, Lynbrook, N.Y., uses proprietary 3D modeling technology to convert any 2D file into a 3D coordination model, without redrawing the 2D file. Ziggurat can also perform clash detection, spatial analysis, and helps owners move from design to execution on a project.

This allows the AEC industry to convert 2D designs from Autodesk’s, www.autodesk.com, San Rafael, Calif., AutoCAD or other similar 2D software into 3D coordination models in Autodesk Navisworks.

Through a new partnership between Ziggurat and Vela Systems, www.velasystems.com, Burlington, Mass., Navisworks can then be brought into Vela’s Field BIM platform, which can be used in the field.

This partnership aims to help the AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) industry easily convert 2D designs into 3D coordination BIM models and ultimately use these models for commissioning and owner handover.

According to Vela, Field BIM for commissioning and owner handover integrates information and documentation from construction quality and commissioning programs in the field to create new efficiencies for owners for use in ongoing operations and energy management.

These types of partnerships are helping advance the BIM process even further in the AEC industry today. BIM can provide the data necessary for commissioning, handover, and operations of a facility, and partnerships like this will help the AEC industry move that modeling data forward.

Yarvi Kafri, CEO, Ziggurat, says this partnership will enable clients to take the BIM deliverables Ziggurat produces for and use them to create value during construction and beyond.

Ultimately this partnership addresses a few key needs in the construction industry today. First, it helps AEC firms convert necessary data from 2D to 3D. Second, it will help contractors take the BIM models out to the field. And finally, it will help provide those BIM deliverables for owner handover.

New partnerships and products are coming down the pipeline in order to help the entire industry use the BIM process more effectively—from the beginning of design and construction through operations.