Platform for Collaborative Design Processes

The INTERCOM project provides a prototype of a cloud-based collaboration platform for digital planning processes in Architecture. The concept is based on the openBIM idea and offers open access to all partners involved. The core of the platform is an online portal that provides IFC-based and model-related tools for planning, communication and collaboration. The interaction with the model and the exchange with other project partners takes place in real-time via a model-related chat and BCF exports. In addition, the integration of e-learning modules (e.g. video tutorials, wikis, project documents) ecourages problem solving through learning and further education. Especially the integration of communication and collaboration tools is supposed to enhance the decision making throughout the design process and become a key factor for a successful and coordinated BIM-process. INTERCOM has been developed as a prototype primarly for teaching BIM in interdisciplinary teams. Subsequently, the application can also be adopted for professional practice.