Graphisoft and other members of the Nemetschek group have come together to provide an integrated software solution that offers a data protected way of sharing information across various disciplines in real time.
The next generation workflow solution, called Integrated Design, was unveiled at Graphisoft’s Building Together digital event last week.
Nemetschek claims the solution presents a paradigm shift for the building industry, enabling architects, structural engineers, and MEP engineers to increase collaboration by working as agile teams.
The development is intended to address lack of productivity gains in the sector, which Nemetschek says are partly due to the loose connection between the different professions, who typically work on their own dataset separately. In the design process of a building, Nemetschek claims that currently 30% of the time is spent on coordination between architects, structural and MEP engineers, energy experts, and others.
Viktor Várkonyi, chief division officer of the planning & design division and member of the executive board of the Nemetschek Group, said at the Building Together digital event: “We must challenge the traditional processes of our industry to improve. Our vision is to help design professionals move from an asynchronous, data-protective way of working to agile cross-disciplinary teams, where they share all essential project information in real-time.
“For instance, instead of perfecting collision detection, why not invent processes that avoid those collisions occurring? Our technology will enable our customers to spend the majority of their valuable time on the creative design process.”
Led by Graphisoft , RISA and SCIA, numerous brands of the Nemetschek Group have been involved in the development of this multidisciplinary teamwork environment. “Our Group approach of putting customers first and driving open standards and interoperability has formed the basis for this innovation,” Várkonyi explained.
“With this new integrated approach, architects, structural engineers, and MEP engineers can work together on design processes, in a more cross-functional, interactive, and collaborative manner,” explained Huw Roberts, CEO of Graphisoft. “It is exciting to see how the Nemetschek Group brands joined forces in developing this next-generation tool.”
With the BIM working method as a joint database, all disciplines work on their own tasks and parameter sets in a centralised model. “Model duplication should be a thing of the past,” said Amber Freund, CEO of RISA, while Hilde Sevens, CEO of SCIA, added: “Architects and engineers can work as one integrated multidisciplinary team and with real collaboration. This will allow them to present fast decisions focusing on customer needs.”
“The Integrated Design workflow will significantly change the way architects and engineers work together,” says Várkonyi. “The result will be great buildings delivered on time and on budget – a novelty for the building Industry.”