When it comes to the digitisation of construction firms and projects, everyone must be ‘all in’. Using BIM-based construction management software is an enterprise-wide mission, not just a task for one group of specialists. For those who are adopting BIM-based construction management software solutions or going digital, they become better equipped for receiving maximum value for their finite funds and tight scheduling and offering more value in a building project on a shorter schedule.
Traditionally, technology companies have not been able to provide solutions that cover the full construction lifecycle. Technology providers have created niche solutions that only serve part of the project lifecycle, such as estimation, project management, or procurement. Organisations utilising these niche solutions do not have the connectivity or ability to manage data between tools. This leads to inefficiencies, and means that project stakeholders cannot visualise true, real-time information across their enterprise.
MTWO Complete Construction Cloud connects all stakeholders, processes, and data in one place. The construction lifecycle is all connected by the data flow in the cloud. Quantity takeoff, estimation, project timeline, and procurement schedules are all connected with the BIM models. One team’s data can help other teams in the platform with real-time secure access, bringing enhanced collaboration early on and can help rapidly improve productivity.
How does MTWO Complete Construction Cloud support your role?
With MTWO Cloud, VDC personnel can easily import models from mainstream 3D modeling solutions, such as Autodesk Revit, and can significantly improve model collaboration for cross-platform model integration, model check, model navigation, and design analysis. The result is streamlined model management and project workflow in one centralised platform for all stakeholders.
The predefined quantity take-off logic of MTWO helps Quantity Surveyors (QS) to do their quantity takeoff work with model visualisation. MTWO’s flexible grouping options help QS to receive results by different dimensions like category, material, and size.
Using MTWO’s enterprise master data, estimators can easily complete pricing with the results from quantity takeoff. All pricing details with related resources can be linked to schedule and procurement. Besides, the budget function helps the cost department to create budget cost for enterprise cost control.
Tendering teams (if you are the project owner)
The tender teams can send out tender invitations and receive quotations from vendors through online portals. Prices are compared automatically, making it much easier to choose the best bidder. Utilising the Enhanced Bidder Search and Evaluation Schema, the team can easily search for pre-qualified subcontractors and vendors.
Bidding teams (if you are a contractor)
MTWO makes bidding more efficient and transparent. Bidding teams can easily create bids with the most up-to-date data from BoQ and estimate modules, increasing the bidding win-rate with increased accuracy in bids and estimates. The entire process of building is based on the enterprise cloud platform, improving the operational efficiency of the bidding process, breaking information blind spots, and eliminating false evaluations. MTWO helps to reduce the workload of the bidding team, making it simple, intuitive, transparent, and orderly.
By utilising MTWO’s powerful scheduling features and data from the estimation team, schedulers can create reliable schedules to reduce waste, mitigate risk, and optimise work. Schedules can be viewed by construction location, by model object, or by date to optimise projected performance. Model filtering by activity allows end-users to view which model objects are associated with which activity. Viewing the schedule in multiple different structures allows end-users to increase their productivity depending on tasks, objectives, and preferences. Line-of-Balance provides a location-based matrix of a project schedule to assist in determining and avoiding trade schedule clashes. It’s easy to track the changes and schedulers can always see how activities have been planned before and update according to the current situation.
Using the model-centric estimate, procurement managers can group materials into quotation packages for both subcontractors and vendors to effortlessly evaluate quotes. Different requisitions from different projects can be combined into one request for quotation, and it’s easy to separate received quotes by projects. The budget of the contract, the amount including the change orders and the actual costs are clear. Competitive pricing along with sub-contractor details are stored in item catalogs for future reference on new project estimations.
Using MTWO’s business partner management feature, enterprise-wide business partners, sub-contractors, and material suppliers can be easily classified and evaluated. Partner evaluation reports can be created based on customised evaluation criteria for future project reference.
Project management personnel are multi-faceted experts, having responsibility for multiple tasks at any given time, and overseeing overall deployment and control of the project. They can use MTWO as one single reliable source of data for their decision-making. MTWO helps project managers to systematically arrange project cycles, scheduling, and resources, and can be logged into from a mobile device anytime and anywhere, allowing project data to be shared with team members in real-time, all of which assists in expediting process approval.
MTWO’s mobile applications support field teams to efficiently manage the construction site. The site can report and collect information through mobile phones and update it on the enterprise cloud platform. For example, through the easy-to-use mobile applications, field crews can quickly enter the completion progress data and upload pictures and relevant information, all of which is synchronised on the cloud platform. This simple process helps field teams better operate and allows for off-site office personnel to follow progress easily without hindrance.
Facility management managers
To prepare project information for the facility management lifecycle phase, the FM manager is responsible for the data quality during the planning and execution phase. With MTWO, this function can also be used seamlessly, where information from the execution phase is intelligently organised, allowing for properly rendered data to be used as the basis for asset management.
If needs and construction tasks are generated during the lifecycle, the FM manager can trigger the procurement process without hindrance. After the procurement phase, the data will be included in the lifecycle phase again and presents the base of a new warranty period with links to contract and change information. Because relevant data is predefined within a mandatory attribute matrix, the digital handover of MTWO needs no further manual data preparation to start the lifecycle phase.
The authenticity of the source data of judgment is crucially important for every decision. With MTWO, executives can work with deep levels of data instantly. Real-time dashboards and reports on project performance allow decision-makers to be proactive in heading off potential problems. The interactive dashboards give the decision-making layer real-time, structured information to know project performance in scope, costs, schedule, quality, safety, and resources, just to name a few, both overall and in detail. Project visibility and operation transparency is significantly increased, allowing decision-makers to take full advantage of being able to be proactive.
All teams working on one complete construction cloud means:
Planning & operation based on one cloud database
No fragmented planning documents and revision files
No information loss
All roles are connected, bringing better coordination
The formerly so-called “brick and mortar” industry is entering the digital age and the speed of this transformation is accelerating. Digitisation is about enabling everyone to work collaboratively to complete work much quicker. Everyone is ‘all in’. Data generated along the digitised construction process is collected and analysed in a single database so that companies can use it within the lifecycle of a construction project while also learning from all past projects. Besides helping companies to improve the efficiency of operations and be more competitive, digitisation is key to improved quality of building projects and services.