Newforma, a project information management (PIM) software company transforming building and infrastructure project delivery, announced that Pinnacle Infotech Solutions (PINNACLE) is using Newforma® Project Center software to manage the massive quantities of project information generated by the design of Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia. Renowned as Kingdom Tower, the building will rise to 3,280 feet (1,000 meters) when completed in 2018. The Jeddah Tower is one of PINNACLE’s 154 projects managed in Newforma Project Center.
PINNACLE Vice President Biswaroop Todi said:
“Pinnacle’s role in MEP design calculation of the Jeddah Tower includes electromechanical calculations, value engineering, resizing of air handling and water handling equipment, design of the containment system, light layout and distribution panels, coordinated models, block wiring diagrams, combined services drawings, layout drawings and conversion of IFC drawings to shop drawings.
“We also have to validate designs, conforming to the international codes and standards. We acknowledge that managing such high volumes of project information and collaboration would not have been possible without Newforma software. An instance of project management challenge is found in file transfers. To date, Pinnacle has used Newforma to exchange 4038 files, having customised the Newforma transmittal document to conform to the engineer’s specifications. Using BIM/Revit technology with Newforma is enabling complete coordination to be conducted virtually, in the cloud.”
PINNACLE Project Managers Subhasish Adhikari and Sougata Banerjee said, “Newforma software generates project transmittal automatically, slashing 90 percent from the time required to create a file transmittal manually!”
Efficient collaboration is important for the project because Pinnacle has 75+ team members located in Saudi Arabia and India. Newforma software automatically records who has uploaded and downloaded what information and at which point of time, reinforcing accountability.
Besides using Newforma Project Center to automate transmittals and manage file transfers, the team uses the software for project information management functions such as:
- Managing project emails
- Managing RFIs
- Comparing files
- Controlling document versioning and issuance
Regarding document control, over 17,163 record documents are planned through Newforma. Moreover, reporting, versioning and issuing are conducted through this platform.
PINNACLE Project Manager Pantha Mallick and Assistant Manager Bireshwar Mallick said,
“Pinnacle has built a stronay to ensure quality and streamline operations for some of the most prestigious and largest projects of the world.”