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Arpada Reduces Safety Issue Tracking time by 75% with BIM 360

Founded in 1973, Arpada is a Spanish general contractor specialising in residential, healthcare, and vertical construction projects across Spain and Mexico. A lack of digital processes was leading to data loss, miscommunication, and overall inefficiencies. With the implementation of BIM 360 within Autodesk Construction CloudTM, Arpada improved safety management on construction sites, resolving safety issues 75% faster.

€3,000

per month saved across projects

95%

reduction in reporting time

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The problem

Arpada was using disconnected tools such as email, instant messaging, and spreadsheets with no traceability for issue management. The lack of a transparent digital process, and the inability to collaborate with project stakeholders was leading to loss of data, miscommunication, and overall inefficiencies.

“We rapidly identified that the process of safety management onsite was cumbersome and required multiple steps to manage issues on time,” says Cristina Calderón Gallo, Safety and Sustainability Director at Arpada. “Every time a safety visit occurred; the team would lose 1.5 hours of work due to antiquated paperbased reporting processes.”

The Solution

To better connect the field to the office to increase communication and collaboration between different teams, Arpada decided to roll out BIM 360 within Autodesk Construction Cloud as a common data environment to improve construction sites safety Arpada’s goal was to digitise and streamline safety management onsite to achieve safer execution in the field and enhance its technicians’ production capacity.

“By providing onsite training with close follow-ups and constant technical support, led by a change champion onsite, we were able to standardise the issue management process, streamline safety tracking, and increase adoption in the field,” says Cristina.

A gamification aspect also helped with the implementation of BIM 360 in the field. By creating an environment with friendly competitions, teams challenged themselves to resolve issues as quickly as possible. “This approach allowed the manager to resolve issues 75% faster, resulting in safer jobsites as fewer issues remained open at a time,” says Aitor Otero Olmos, Corporate BIM Manager at Arpada.

In addition to the field, Arpada is looking to increase the adoption of BIM 360 across their subcontractors. To achieve this, the team has provided the required training and technical support. Their goal is to expand the adoption of BIM 360 across the supply chain, increasing the number of external users within the next few months, further standardising issue management and safety tracking across the industry.

Quotation mark

"This approach allowed the manager to resolve issues 75% faster, resulting in safer jobsites as fewer issues remained open at a time."

- Aitor Otero Olmos Corporate BIM Manager at Arpada

The Results

Since the beginning, Arpada identified multiple benefits by using BIM 360 to digitise their workflows, which was a pivotal factor in consolidating its strategic position in the market. The main achievements in implementing BIM 360 include:

  • Reduced resources and time when checking and doing inspections safety during construction
  • Improved communication by increasing the use of the platform on the jobsite

By implementing an issue management program for safety inspections, Arpada gained more than 100 hours per month and €3000 per month in savings due to digitising safety inspections across 25 projects.

With the new process in place for managing issues via mobile devices, technicians address issues before the safety manager is back in the office, leading to safer jobsites and generating a single closure report.

The new way of issue tracking with BIM 360 has reduced reporting time by 95% as issue status is traceable in real-time.

“The digitalisation of safety management through BIM 360 allows us to operate more quickly and comfortably in resolving safety issues,” says Aitor. “This directly impacts the way we execute work-packages more safely, and consequently, improves the production capacity of our technicians.”

Quotation mark

"The digitalisation of safety management through BIM 360 allows us to operate more quickly and comfortably in resolving safety issues"

- -Aitor Otero Olmos Corporate BIM Manager at Arpada
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