Nothing is more important in data management than ensuring people have access to the data they need. In 2016, Bonava needed to select a new cloud-based platform to manage its BIM models. In seeking a single file storage solution to unify their locations in Sweden, Germany, Finland, Denmark, Norway, St. Petersburg, Estonia and Latvia, they chose Autodesk A360*.
“It is quite unique for a large organization to get an opportunity to create an entirely new ITC infrastructure and BIM platform, so for us, moving our entire business into cloud solutions was a way to make a major leap toward digitalization of the construction industry,” explains Patrik Lindvall, Group Head of Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) at Bonava.
Bonava is a subsidiary of the leading Northern European residential land developer NCC. They worked with Safe Software partner, SWECO, to complete this migration project.
“As we were building on modern and very new solutions, a lot of focus was put on the development companies behind the solutions as well as who we selected to support us. Early on, the team from SWECO established direct connections with both Autodesk who supplied the A360 cloud platform and Safe Software to ensure FME was able to use the APIs correctly,” says Patrik.
Data migration: The 3-step plan
One of Bonava’s largest projects consisted of 100,000 files. To automate the migration of this data, Gabriel Hirsch, Group Manager for IT for Urban Development, and FME Certified Professional at SWECO, identified three steps for FME:
- Restructure the various data file systems into a single A360-compatible structure their client had chosen.
- Upload this data to the cloud in the correct order for A360 to recognize iterations of the same file.
- Verify success of data uploads to provide quality control.