Every Cloud: The Silver Lining of 3D Software Sharing

The big BIM move is becoming ever more prominent as Cloud sharing platforms continue to take off. Towards the end of last year the spotlight was thrown onto Tekla Model Sharing as an efficient collaboration method which allows a number of people to work on one Tekla project model at the same time. This software advancement allows information to be available, up to date and consistent across time zones and geographies.

In more recent news, last month we saw a new release of InfraWorks 360 – Autodesk’s cloud based version allows 2D CAD, 3D detailing and photogrammetry capture to be brought together and enable platform efficiency. As more draughting software’s adapt to provide a universally accessible stage, so can businesses start to adapt alongside it with the way they work and interact with others inputting to the project.

With Tekla Model Sharing, work is faster as different parties working on the same model at the same time do not need to share the whole model but instead only share the changes made in the model. Modelling can take place offline and because only a tiny amount of data is transferred, even the slowest Internet connection is sufficient. The days of 100 page long print-outs to send over to architects are behind us as 3D modelling wares can be shared online.

This technological advancement is the sharp move towards BIM that the industry has been crying out for. Amongst the immediate drawing advantages it also opens up job opportunities to those working around the UK that had once been inaccessible. A draughtsman working up in Newcastle can now detail a project taking place in London, simultaneously, effortlessly and effectively. This in turn opens up more business opportunities for small detailing and building information modeling business. One Tekla Model Sharing user, Daniella Castro explains; “We can work on a plane off-line or at a hotel. We carry our offices in our backpacks,” “With a laptop I’m good to go, I don’t even need an internet connection.” The new opportunities that Cloud-based software is offering the industry as a whole is exciting and the potential developments are huge.

The 2016 Business Advantage Annual CAD Trends Survey predicts the strongest growth potential for Cloud based CAD with a growth projectile over +164% and awareness is building with over 58% of the industry engaged and responsive to Cloud sharing. These figures would appear to reflect the mood of the industry as a whole. It would make sense with the advancements of BIM to have a universally accessible platform, and what could be more universally accessible than an online Cloud sharing space? As the software continues to temper itself to the industry, running parallel is the freedom, quality of work and simplicity it provides. BIM is no longer a pie in the sky – it’s a Cloud.