Locking Projects

Many firms have projects that not all staff should have access to. This could be because of an NDA or confidentiality agreement signed with a client, or it could be a “project” set up for an internal department like HR or accounting.

In these situations you now have the ability in TonicDM to lock the project. Locked projects can only be accessed by active team members: by controlling who is active on the team, you can control who has access to the project.

How To

The “Lock” setting is an option in the Project Settings. This setting can only be changed by your TonicDM Administrators or by TonicDM Support.

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When projects are locked, they are tagged in the project listing,

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When staff view the organization’s project listing, the locked projects will be marked either with:

  • a red locked symbol, meaning the person is not an active team member and therefore cannot access this project.

  • a green unlocked symbol, meaning the project is locked but the person is an active team member and therefore has access to it.

If the project is not locked, no symbol is shown, and anyone in your organization can access the project.

TonicDM vs. Newforma

Many people approach us looking for an alternative to Newforma Project Center. In this webinar we show the ways Tonic DM and Newforma are similar and the ways they are different.

Whether you’re preparing to whip your firm’s information into shape, or you currently have Newforma Project Center infrastructure but would like to know what’s out in the market, this webinar will help you compare solutions from a practical point of view.

The Fantasy of the CDE

Collaboration in the AEC industry is both essential and problematic.

The term Common Data Environment (CDE) — a single online site for project information from concept to facility operation — originated with the excellent work done by industry groups and standards bodies in the UK. The single online project information site is a compelling idea.

In this webinar we look at the reality of how project collaboration tools are used, and what the advantages and disadvantages are from the points of view of the project and the participating firms.

BIM is Dead. Long live BIM.

BIM has been around for quite a while now. During the early days there was a lot of optimism about how this thing called BIM would solve all manner of problems in the design (AE) professions. Design was certainly going to become shorter and cheaper, 2D documents would soon disappear (as soon as jurisdictions agreed to plan-check in 3D) and the computer would become an assistant, calculating things like energy use and code compliance real-time.

But when we look at where we’ve got so far: we’ve achieved somewhat better coordinated document sets.

Why hasn’t design become shorter and cheaper? Why isn’t BIM “a partner in the design process”?

In this 15 min webinar we discuss how design adds value, how our current conception of BIM fits into that (or doesn’t) and we propose a new way of looking at BIM as a value-creating tool in the design process.