We are an industry where machine and computer power enhance the work of the person, in many cases, making the very jobs we undertake possible. Modeling wouldn’t be feasible if not for the computing power of today’s equipment, from Robotic Total Stations (RTS) units to laptops and cranes.
In the last twenty years, the medical industry made a major adjustment that improved patient care: they’re sharing information. While not eliminated, test duplication for patients has been slashed. Rarely now do doctors order repetitious tests or scans, wasting the time and money (usually the patients’). It’s not perfect and it’s not universal yet, but the fabled “electronic medical record” is closer to a reality than ever.
When you’re a patient, whether with diabetes or a broken bone, having all your doctors working off the same medical information about you is not just a convenience; it can be a life saver. The medical industry is an individualized way of understanding the importance of interoperability of systems – and the great advances that can be realized when systems work together to effectively share data.
An example of an application that enables data mapping in the construction industry is Autodesk Vault. Vault allows you to assess important business data using your project model. Organize design data, manage documentation and track revisions.
Many people think this data interoperability is limited to platforms that come from the same developer, but this isn’t the case. Just as documents written in Microsoft Word can be used in Apple Pages and on Google Docs, so too can data calculated by Autodesk applications be used on platforms used throughout a project’s design and construction. The data can be mapped to work with local permitting systems, materials ordering systems and scheduling systems, avoiding the need to re-input data.
In the same way patients benefit from the interoperability of medical data, the construction industry can realize increased savings and safety when systems work seamlessly together. Simple, unintended data entry errors can be eliminated by automatically synching the data between various platforms.
Be sure you’re getting the most out of the digital platforms you utilize by contacting the MEP industry-trained experts of eVolve Mechanical and eVolve Electrical. They will partner with you to determine interoperability solutions that will work best for your specific workflow needs.
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