Dropbox is used very frequently amongst companies within the construction industry as a mechanism to share information. Its cheap, easy to use and available to synchronise files across many hardware platforms. It is easy to see why it has been taken up by many small, medium and even large organisations to help them manage BIM (Building Information Modeling) information on building projects.
However, it doesn’t manage information – it stores files – and that is all it does. So, within any building project, which can have many different file formats, you have the challenge of organising directory structures, communicating that to all the participants and hoping that they follow the rules.
So many times, I have seen colleagues open Windows Explorer and start scrolling up and down a directory tree with Project Numbers, then clicking through sub-directories and then repeatedly opening and closing files searching for what they want. It is estimated that designers can spend up to 8 hours every week looking for information.
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