Warboard`s name is suggestive, but users unfamiliar with the tool and a BIM coordination process, in general, may get the wrong idea at first glance. It does not host a battlefield between project stakeholders to point arms at each other, but rather rallies up everyone to fight the common enemy: Uncoordinated Models. There are a number of features that make Warboard effective at this, and I’d like to take you through these key areas which I think make Warboard an essential part of the project delivery process.
- Connectivity: Firstly, it is browser-based, meaning anyone can access it anywhere at any time. No software installation required, and no heavy device specs needed, just get yourself an internet connection, and you are good to go. Being an online tool also enables it to follow the BIM philosophy by providing a single source of truth for Coordination Issues. Project team members can view clashes and comment at any time, and project admins can assign issues with resolution dates. Because it is online, everyone gets notified at the same time, so communicating is seamless.
- Issue Management: There is no need to manage multiple files and worrying if the team is working on the latest report, just log on to Warboard and all the latest issues will be there. Another key feature is the audit trail that is available from the collation of each clash upload. You can select any point in time when issues were uploaded and check what exactly happened at that time. While doing that you might as well verify what comments were logged to the issues and by who. It is all there and can be accessed at any time. Clashes exported from Navisworks via XML maintain their grouping and viewpoint configuration while also bringing through data such as grid location, level, and clashing object IDs. Solibri users can also upload their results in BCF format.
- Overview Dashboard: The project overview dashboard provides valuable information on coordination progression throughout the project timeline. You can see how many clashes have been resolved, how many remain active and how many new issues appeared at each given date. The issue status graph allows you to identify trends as well. With each upload, it is possible to see how new, active, resolved and approved clashes are progressing. You can also track upcoming events such as deadlines or coordination workshops through the project diary and view a summary of outstanding actions in the Member statistic section. All this information is automatically made available and can save valuable time.
- Communication and Issue Resolution: Comments on individual clashes are always available online but can also be incorporated into a PDF report for distribution on the project CDE if necessary. The BCF export feature also assists the team to locate clashing objects within their authoring software, saving time when updating the model.
- Custom Clashes: The custom clash tools give some extra tools for the team to work with. It can be a one-off viewpoint of something spotted in the federated model, a screenshot from within the authoring tool or even a picture from site. Upload an image, name it, locate it and you are ready to assign it to be resolved. Custom clashes have the same audit trail as conventional uploads and are incorporated into the PDF Report export as well.
- Easy transition between different projects: If you are a full-time BIM coordinator and have multiple projects under your watch it is handy to be able to view all of them in one place, in the same format and with quick access to team members and information. Warboard provides that with its master Dashboard showing all projects you are managing or have been assigned to as a member.
These key features make it an easy to use yet powerful tool when it comes to managing coordination issues. It is also a tool that has a dedicated team so there are future features brewing in the background that will take advantage of the latest BIM software capabilities. At BIM.Technologies we also gather feedback from our live projects to make the tool better for the project team and ourselves. We have had a lot of positive feedback from design teams in projects of different sizes and complexity proving that it can be used in very diverse project setting.