BIM expert John Adams, director and head of BIM services at Darlington-based BIM Strategy, recently visited our Teesside offices to learn more about Opentree’s Cabinet.
Adams, a qualified architect, has long experience at the cutting edge of building information modelling. He spent nearly five years at Gateshead Council working in its CAD and BIM working groups, followed by three years as BIM product manager at Viewpoint Constuction Software, formerly Newcastle-based 4Projects. There he spearheaded the company’s involvement in several research projects as well as leading the development of the collaborative BIM capabilities of what is today the Viewpoint For Projects common data environment, CDE.
His combination of working on in-house design processes and then seeing how collaboration platforms can be used to share model information with a wider team gives him a rare insight into the need for integration between in-house and shared systems. He was therefore particularly keen to learn more about our Opentree system, Cabinet – knowing that we had already developed an integration with the Viewpoint CDE (lauched in October 2017), followed by Cabinet integrations with other CDEs such as GroupBC‘s.
“Deep and powerful toolset”
We think he was impressed with what he discovered about Cabinet. In a blog post, he describes Cabinet as a .””deep and powerful toolset” that solves “a real problem of forgotten waste which is pretty well-hidden in plain sight.” By this, he means the repeated handling of files as they go through multiple status changes, checks and sign-offs while a project design develops.
Cabinet has been designed to eliminate much of this waste, as John says: “With added admin comes time not spent designing as well as the risk of human error, which if we’re honest both are things we are trying to remove through the implementation of BIM processes. So rather than just pulling the waste earlier in the process, it’s worth considering deploying tools [such as Cabinet] to remove it.”