Make sure your systems play well together
Written By Jim Mitchell
eVolve MEP software for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing with Revit.

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.

Data mapping – the process of matching data fields between two or more systems – provides a plethora of benefits, from time savings to elimination of data entry errors to reduction of manpower costs. Data mapping helps users develop a consistent and unified data model for a data-driven project.

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.

While it’s valuable, at the same time data mapping is also a tedious and time consuming task when done manually, which is why utilizing platforms that have that capability built in makes solid business sense.

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.

Most platforms provide a built-in function to export data to systems sharing compatibility and interoperability, but it’s worth the effort to confirm accuracy when you first start utilizing these functions – not just for accuracy but for personal peace of mind. For systems that don’t have an obvious and user-friendly method for sharing data, third-party applications can offer assistance, or you can contact the vendors involved to see if their tech support department has an available workaround.

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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