Our engineers use SAP2000 to develop the structure of a stadium roof. The software of choice for the steel fabricator on the project is Tekla. Until now, we always sent a PDF drawing set with design updates to the fabricator, who would use it to build their own Tekla model of the structure. The process is very slow and error prone.
Updating your BIM Model to design changes, again?
Now we are using Konstru to collaborate with the fabricator seamlessly, by providing them with a native Tekla model. Because with Konstru we can upload our model directly from SAP2000 and they can download it into Tekla. Design changes can be visualized online easily and downloaded selectively into any supported platform. This cuts the time it takes to communicate changes from days into minutes.
"This cuts the time it takes to communicate changes from days into minutes."
Spending a lot of time on weekly design reports?
Every week, we send a progress report to the entire design team. The time intensive exercise of creating the list of changes requires me to go through all of our recent drawings and figure out what we changed this week.
Now I use Konstru to generate an automated report that highlights changes to the BIM models in 3D, which I can then share with the entire design team for free. This task, that once seemed daunting, can now be done in 2 minutes.
"This task, that once seemed daunting, can now be done in 2 minutes."
Typing Analysis Results manually into Revit Parameters?
We use RAM Structural to design the structure of a large infrastructure project. On average, we spend close to 40 hours per week transferring the analysis results, such as forces and stud counts to the Revit model for drawing production.
With Konstru we can easily upload analysis results from RAM into our Konstru model and download them as Revit parameters attached to each member. Now it’s two clicks to get the latest results and our sheets are updated instantly.
"Now it’s two clicks to get the latest results and our sheets are updated instantly."
Tracing differences between two BIM models?
In our practice we often build several disparate models in Revit and Tekla at the same time. We used Navisworks to trace differences between both models to manually sync changes across. There was no solution for synchronizing changes between the two models, so it became very difficult.
Konstru lets us compare the geometry and BIM attributes of two models, and highlights the changes in color in 3D. And, even better, I can use Konstru to update my model in Tekla with changes from Revit, and vice versa.
"Konstru lets us compare the geometry and BIM attributes of two models, and highlights the changes in color in 3D."
Using Filename + Date as a backup?
Every day we saved at least one Revit file as a backup on our network drive. Reverting design changes took hours, because we had to go through all our date labelled files and figure out which the version was we were looking for. Let alone our BIM Manager getting sick. This was confusing and required a lot of disk space.
Since we are using Konstru we’ve got a contiguous model history. It keeps track of every design change and allows us to revert the model to a specific point in history. It takes us seconds to spot the right version in Konstru’s timeline and we don’t have to bother our BIM manager all the time. Since Konstru is only storing changes and no redundant data, it’s a lightweight storage and backup solution and we can skip saving backup files with date suffixes.
"We don’t have to bother our BIM manager all the time."
Using IFC Files to share your model with others?
To keep the entire design team posted we used to export IFC files each week and share them using FTP. Each party could download its IFC, link it into their authoring platform and try to figure out what changed to eventually adapt their design. We had to make sure everybody worked using the latest model version but by the end of the week, they were outdated anyway and everybody had to adapt again. We had one person spending hours every week to make sure all files on ftp are up to date.
Sharing a Konstru model with collaborators means you are always sharing the most recent version. All parties are notified about changes, can easily view them highlighted in the 3D viewer and download them instantly. There is almost no coordination effort anymore and we don’t have to handle all the file versions on our ftp server.
"There is almost no coordination effort anymore and we don’t have to handle all the file versions on our ftp server."
Want to quickly query your BIM Model in Excel?
Quickly querying some parameter values or changing them sounds simple. But it always meant for us to open Revit and the latest model, which already took minutes. Then spotting the elements we wanted to change. But then Revit schedules didn’t behave like Excel and everything became more time consuming than we thought.
With Konstru’s Excel Plugin it takes seconds to download the model. We can filter down the elements as we like and use Excel at its full capacity. There is no Revit knowledge required anymore to edit or query a BIM Model. So even our project manager is now able to change some attributes and upload them to Konstru.
"We can filter down the elements as we like and use Excel at its full capacity. There is no Revit knowledge required anymore to edit or query a BIM Model."