4D BIM for Construction

Best Practices with Digital Rehearsals in @one Alliance

Posted by Clare Kovacs on Oct 8, 2019 5:44:37 PM

We talked to Clare Kovacs, who is a 4D Planner at @one Alliance for Anglian Water and implemented SYNCHRO to digitalize its workflows. Get a sneak peek in the video and read the complete story in the written interview below.

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Mixed Reality for Construction Planning & Operations with SYNCHRO XR

Posted by Greg Demchak on Aug 12, 2019 3:18:06 PM

Bentley’s SYNCHRO XR and Microsoft HoloLens 2 bring the benefits of mixed reality to construction sites.

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Posted by Hector Arias on Aug 24, 2017 1:10:00 PM


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Level of Development for 4D Project Management

Posted by Mazen Faloughi on Jul 24, 2017 6:40:57 PM

When it comes to implementing 4D project management, the topic of LOD (level of detail or level of development) comes up a lot. Because 4D Project management integrates the construction schedule with the BIM models, implementation strategists need to think about the best ways to link these two traditionally separated construction tools. The main concerns regarding these issues are usually represented by the following questions:

  • Are the project BIM models developed enough to match the level of detail of the schedule?
  • Are the project BIM models way more detailed than is required for 4D PM purposes?
  • What is the level detail for which the 4D model will yield the highest ROI?

Why do these questions cause a lot of confusion? One reason is that they implicitly assume that 4D modelling is a one-off effort that is carried out at some stage of the project lifecycle to validate the schedule or solve a problem. Therefore figuring out the right stage or LOD to carry it out will (presumably) ensure its success.

In reality, after having supported multiple implementation efforts of 4D using Synchro on complex projects over the past two years, I can promise you that this is not the case.

In my opinion, 4D Project management should be considered as an improved version of project management. This means that it can be carried out in parallel, by different teams, and in different ways to serve different purposes that contribute to a more effective project delivery to the customer. Each 4D PM effort should be carried out at the LOD that reflects the type of PM decisions resulting from that effort. This is really important.

Here are some of the most common applications of the tool along with the suggested model/schedule LOD for each application.

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In conclusion, I believe that regardless of the LOD of your models/schedule, implementing 4D will improve the performance of your project. However, this isn’t the most widely held belief in the construction industry as construction teams are not always exposed to the newest tools and workflows that enable them to succeed.

What are your thoughts? Feel free to share your opinions and comments regarding this issue.

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2017 University Challenge Winners Announced

Posted by Sue Dengenis on May 23, 2017 3:40:46 PM

The next generation of constructors is doing some amazing work.  Check out their submissions from this years University Challenge.

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New Synchro Academy Now Live!

Posted by Tom Dempsey on Apr 28, 2017 2:47:54 PM

We are pleased to announce that the new version of Synchro Academy is now live. Here I explain the reasons we have made this change and what you will find there.

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Synchro 2017 brings cooperation, scale, and new functionality

Posted by Sue Dengenis on Apr 28, 2017 2:47:28 PM

Synchro Software’s 2017 release is truly multi-dimensional — ranging from a re-designed user interface to a new Cloud offering.

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Synchro Software 2017 User Conference Sandvika, Norway

Posted by Tom Dengenis on Mar 9, 2017 2:18:54 PM


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Visual Storytelling

Posted by Tom Dengenis on Mar 6, 2017 10:01:22 PM

This past week as we are preparing for the next Synchro Software User’s Conference it has been very hard to avoid the news and broadcast interviews about the Oscars award ceremony and the event played out for the Best Picture winner Moonlight.  Among the chatter I heard an interview that described the power of storytelling and it caught my attention.  In the conversation Cheo Hodari Coker said among many things that:

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Where does CPM and 2D fit in the Digital Construction Age?

Posted by Tom Dengenis on Feb 18, 2017 3:03:29 AM

Within a few years of its’ introduction, Critical Path Method (CPM)- a project modelling technique developed in the late 1950s- succeeded in making positive performance impacts in both manufacturing and the defence industries.  “The critical path method was developed at the DuPont Company in 1957 by a pair of mathematicians who were looking at ways to avoid the costs of plant shutdowns and restarts caused by inefficient scheduling. Their research showed that money could be saved by focusing efforts on performing the right tasks at the right times, rather than flooding the problem with labor to stay on schedule. This saved DuPont 25 percent on shutdowns...” (http://yourbusiness.azcentral.com/history-critical-path-method-24351.html) This created big hopes and excitement for CPM to also improve construction project delivery performance.  Construction companies began adopting CPM in the late 1950s and early 1960s. By the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, the personal computer made CPM affordable and accessible to the masses; so how has construction performance fared since  CPM became the standard for construction planning and scheduling?

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