BIM: Why It Matters So Much

  You might have heard the term BIM, either in our articles, in passing, in a conversation, or maybe you use BIM on your construction projects. In the last decade, a lot of changes have been on the horizon in the construction sector. The digitalization of the industry, and constant update on new ways to get and use data on the market. The most popular has to be Building Information Modelling (BIM). Some of our readers are not yet BIM enabled, and not considering implementing BIM in their operations in the near future. I don’t think this article will change the way you do business, let’s be realistic, but I hope that it will make you consider planning to implement the technology. Building Smarter Building Information Modelling  is , in essence, a methodology. It is a method of communication present throughout the building process, from the pre-construction phase, to the post-construction services. In its ideal form, it seeks to eliminate the need for Requests for Information (RFIs).  It

6 Tools to Improve Remote Working


1 – Have a team collaboration platform (not email)

Slack – is definitively a great tool to keep everyone informed about what is happening in your company. At Mechasys, we use it as our main channel for internal communication.

Mattermost – also is another great communication platform and it is open source.

2 – Have a video-conferencing system

Google Meet – is a platform that allows you to meet people as if they were at the office. We use Google Meet regularly, both for internal and international meetings.

Zoom – is also a platform that offers different features, such as the gallery view.

3 – Use a digital calendar throughout your company

Google Calendar – is just one of our favorite tools. It makes it so easy to schedule meetings, access video conferences, book rooms, etc. This is one of our primary tools at Mechasys.

Outlook Calendar – For Microsoft lovers, is also essential, but feels is less collaborative than Google.

4 – Be on the cloud, and keep track of everything

Google Drive – Having access to a drive is crucial for being able to work remotely. If you have a physical server, it may be a difficult decision to switch to a cloud server, but we strongly recommend it.

Confluence – is better if you go deeper into file documentation. It is a great tool to improve collaboration between your teams and projects.

5 – Have an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software in place

Jira – is what we use at Mechasys in order to develop our product at lightning speed and to make sure everyone respects our SCRUM structure. Jira may be a bit complex to implement at the beginning though. This is why we strongly recommend Trello.

Trello – is one of the greatest tools for managing projects. Both construction and IT implementation projects. It is simple, fast and effective. We strongly recommend to every contractor to use Trello in their day-to-day.

6 – Maintain your company culture

Discord – because even while being at home, it is important to keep your company culture and chat with others just as you would over the coffee machine. We use Discord for this purpose; one of the simplest tools for verbal communication.