When AECOM was facing challenges with project delivery time and cost, Autodesk helped the company implement Autodesk® BIM 360® Glue, Autodesk® BIM 360 Field, and Autodesk® BIM 360® Design (formerly “Collaboration for Revit”). quickly, without disrupting existing workflows. As a result of these solutions, AECOM was able to significantly lower project cost and time by reducing rework and allowing global team members to collaborate on local projects.
Challenge: Previously, field coordination and clash detection were done with Navisworks and a variety of collaborative software. A large sports stadium project has massive design drawing sizes, so initially, the project teams had no choice but to mail hard drives to other team members. Field checklists were conducted using spreadsheets and by hand, and digital photographs were used for progress reports. AECOM created a goal to optimize project delivery by bringing BIM to the field to reduce the time it takes to identify crashes and errors and to increase collaboration speeds.
Solution: The Autodesk team proposed a series of awareness sessions and evaluation calls with AECOM. The team wanted to ensure that BIM 360 Field and Autodesk® BIM 360® Glue® were appropriate fits for the organization. Once AECOM began using the tool, the team saw an opportunity to add a Deployment Specialist for a nine-month period to assist in implementing the software to hundreds of projects. The specialist implemented 33 projects in two days. Following implementations, the project was handed off to the Enterprise Priority Support team who created a practice community to sustain and grow the adoption.
Success: Due to the Glue and Field implementations, AECOM achieved the following milestones:
AECOM Hunt had its estimating teams review four major projects where Glue and Field were used. They calculated that AECOM saved substantially in costs compared to if the company had to initiate change orders and remove work in place. This success was enabled by the project teams being able to catch errors and omissions being caught in the preconstruction phase, rather than the construction phase.
As a result of the successful roll-out of the BIM 360 toolset, AECOM now has more than 2,000 BIM 360 users.
Challenge: AECOM wanted to reduce the amount of time it takes for teams to collaborate in real-time on Revit projects in an effort to access global resources for local projects.
Solution: After listening to the customer needs, the Autodesk team deployed the following solutions.
Success: By coordinating with BIM 360 Design, AECOM saw an 18 percent reduction in design time for AECOM’s design teams. The use of BIM 360 Design has dramatically improved work sharing performance; reducing model open times by as much as two hours. AECOM has added nearly 850 BIM 360 Design users in ten months.
In addition to productivity and related cost savings, these changes have enabled AECOM to have true, global collaboration on major projects. AECOM has leveraged the success of BIM 360 Design to connect more than 135 global offices, allowing it to facilitate its integrated project delivery approach. This has allowed teams across the globe to contribute to key international projects, further reducing delivery costs. BIM 360 Design allows AECOM to utilize its global resources to solve local problems.