Cloud-based platforms provide clear tracking of workers onsite to help during pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has taken a bite out of the construction industry, hampering and, in some cases, halting projects, but Quebec-based construction company EBC is proving a Cloud-based digital platform can help minimize the impact on day-to-day operations. “We’ve been ahead of the pack and COVID-19 has had less impact on our business due to our early adoption of Cloud technologies such as BIM 360 and its numerous versatile tools and modules,” Philippe De Guise, manager with BIM Corporate Services at EBC, told a webinar on how to improve construction workflows through digitized platforms hosted by Buildings Canada. As an example, De Guise said health check stations on one of its construction sites were saved in BIM 360, helping keep track of everyone onsite. “Down the line if we are audited, we have a clear track of whoever was on the jobsite and when they were there.” Prior to the pandemic, EBC set up a virtual design environment, allowing management and employees to use Cloud-based technology to improve communication and production.

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