How can we design workflows, interoperability systems and data sharing pipelines for seamless collaboration?




The rapid growth of digital technology in the AEC industry has significantly transformed the way stakeholders interact with one another. Today, teams are collaborating remotely more often, using a multitude of tools and software, and frequently running into issues caused by incompatible workflows and unique requirements from each discipline. 

This shift has made it even more important to create and manage effective collaboration strategies. It is essential that we ask ourselves: how can we design workflows, interoperability systems and data sharing pipelines for seamless collaboration? 


We find ourselves at a crossroads where both customisation and standardisation of workflows are necessary to meet the flexible and adaptable requirements of teams, but also to ensure that a common language is understood by all. This course is designed to give students the skills to custom-design and coordinate better cross-disciplinary workflows. 

The seminar will explore tools such as Speckle Systems, BIM Collaboration Format (BCF), Common Data Environment (CDE), International Foundation Class(IFC), Global Information Tracker (GIT) and Python. It will cover best practices for BIM collaboration and troubleshooting, information management across data modalities and proprietary software, bridging customisation and standardisation workflows, and the automation of tasks in data-processing pipelines, with an emphasis on how these can be applied to real-world projects.


Learning Objectives 

At course completion the student will understand and be able to take a critical position on:

  • Identify and address the challenges of cross-disciplinary work and data sharing between different platforms;
  • Recognise how to bridge customisation and standardisation in digital collaboration;
  • Learn how to design workflows and interoperability schemes;
  • Implement best practices for BIM coordination and troubleshooting;
  • Develop an understanding of the opportunities for task automation and data processing in the AEC.


Projects from this course

Collaborative Food and Energy Production on Mars

INTRODUCTION The project entails establishing a self-sustaining and productive colony on Mars through a collaborative effort among seven remote groups from across the world. The primary goal of the project is to develop a colony that can adapt to the harsh Martian environment and sustain itself over an extended period. To accomplish this feat, the … Read more

Martian Playground // Collaborative

Streamlining and empowering our teams with efficient collaboration and improved project outcomes using BIM workflows. As space exploration continues to advance, the concept of establishing a human presence on Mars is becoming increasingly feasible. However, with this ambition comes a multitude of challenges, including the design and construction of suitable habitats for astronauts to live … Read more

Collaborative Workflows for Medical Center on Mars

Project: MEDICAL CENTER in MARS Collaborative Workflow in architectural firms specially for designing Medical Centers is crucial for delivering successful projects that meet the needs of healthcare providers and patients. That’s why a clear communication channels should be established from the beginning of the project. This includes setting up regular meetings, assigning specific roles and … Read more

An earthly escape into Mars

Overview: The evolution of architecture over the last decades brought challenges on joint cooperation between architecture professionals. Digitalization of processes and introduction to interdisciplinary teams made this process specially challenging. This work sample is a demo of a collaborative workflow between 2 people inside one project, while this same project is a part of a … Read more

Mine(Us) Plus: Collaborative Workflows

Project on Mars: Accommodation in Jezero Crater Our design is influenced by the relationship between the amount of energy required to dig underground vs. the amount of energy lost to heating a building above ground. The cold extreme environment on Mars is what makes building above ground a bad idea when stable temperatures are available … Read more