The recently announced joint partnership among Autodesk®, eVolve MEP and GTP/Stratus came about because of a focus that’s common to all three organizations – solving information sharing and enabling contractors to be more nimble on their projects. Used together, the partners’ technology tools enable a seamless workflow for contractors. Over the past two decades, the adoption of building information modeling (BIM) has been hindered by breaks in the old processes. These resulted in a conundrum of rework, bad information, cost overruns, and busted schedules. The new partnership is key to solving this puzzle.
The workflows enabled by this partnership can move the Autodesk Revit® design process through detailing with eVolve MEP and downstream to fabrication with Stratus. Autodesk is increasing its investment in Revit Fabrication and focus on the construction trades. eVolve MEP and GTP are seen as the leaders for solutions that will complement the Autodesk effort and strategy. The result is accurate, actionable information flow throughout the contractor’s organization – full material management logistics and fabrication processes.
The MEP industry is ripe for innovation. In the current business climate, an overarching concern for contractors is to improve safety while still being constrained by schedules and budgets. Research shows that new safety requirements can cut into productivity by 40%. As the industry must drive forward to meet demand, contractors are forced to do more work with fewer resources. As Clay Smith, CEO of eVolve MEP, has said about offsite prefabrication, “I don’t know how you’d keep up without it.”
In the face of these challenges, some companies have gone “app happy” and added multiple plug-ins to tweak a process. This tends to go against the grain of managers who want to use as few products as possible to get a project done. Thanks to the Autodesk-eVolve MEP-GTP/Stratus partnership, those band-aid solutions using apps and plug-ins can now be replaced by integrating the three partner products.
As a solution, this builds upon the knowledge and skill sets of users, making it cohesive, comprehensive and ultimately easier for CAD users to migrate to BIM. Whereas sometimes technology is developed for its own sake, this partnership results in technology for the industry’s sake. It not only enables a better quality of work life, the tools themselves add value and nudge the industry forward every day.
Whereas formerly each company would have worked within a silo, sometimes competing, the partnership allows the three companies to work together on the industry strategy for technology while allowing each to work within their respective “swim lane” to execute the joint strategy. This accelerates the delivery of technology to the trades.
Results can be seen in more streamlined, less complicated processes, more effective visual communication and collaboration; in addition, it allows contractors to accelerate their processes. Existing methods are challenged, which will be instrumental in helping move the industry worldwide towards BIM.
There’s anticipation for what can happen in the MEP trades, and barriers to change are eroding. It’s a good time for the Autodesk-eVolve MEP-GTP/Stratus partnership. Construction is still operating, companies are busy, and they need to work better, faster and safer than ever. Cloud-based workflows will provide the momentum the industry needs going forward.