The concept of Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) Stages is an important tool when gauging progress towards claiming a company or project to be deemed a modern, 21st century digital construction operation. Viewing the maturity process as stages in a journey, will help the industry move from the 2D CAD files, plan racks, and Gantt chart’s that clutter and wallpaper jobsite offices, to computer graphics, structured project data, information transparency and, ultimately, into the integrated systems of the digital age that is driving enormous production gains in industries that construction serves every day.Read More
When you find something really good you just have to share it. This article has nothing to do with construction but everything to do with reaching peak performance as a person- we aren’t talking about professional athletes this is maximizing YOUR brain and YOUR body to perform at peak. It’s science, it’s hacking, it’s technology and it’s really interesting stuff.Read More
Pull planning and the Last Planner™ System have been successful in the construction industry. Some of the reasons for this success are:Read More
Every construction project is different and the current planning methods result in many operational challenges not being discovered until the last few days before the relevant work has to be done. The desired breakthrough can only be achieved by adding a new dimension to the current planning methods- one that enables everyone on the project to SEE and to easily understand exactly what will be going on ahead of time. 4D planning does exactly that, and therefore makes this breakthrough a reality.Read More
Owners- you have the power to improve your construction project performance and to support your contractors’ success by requiring new performance standards. Improvement and innovation is win- win. Yes, projects are increasingly complex; yes, supply chains are global; yes, the design world has advanced technologically. This is reality; the only certainty is that change will continue and the pace will increase. Recognize that owners’ specifications drive innovation and progress. Technology for design has improved significantly, primarily due to Owner’s specifying new BIM standards of practice from their design teams. It is time to expect contractors’ project management tools to also significantly improve in order to keep pace with industry needs. Construction teams need tools that provide insight and digital integration from design through construction and into facility operations.Read More
It's January, kick off the year with a commitment to continuous and measurable improvement!
In 2015 the use of 4D planning and scheduling increased significantly- numerous presentations were made at conferences demonstrating the implementation workflows and the powerful results: improved safety, increased productivity, lower cost and greater reliability. The results come from the transparency and cooperation that true 4D visual scheduling enables.
Why the big interest in 4D BIM for construction? The industry is at a point were complexity continues to grow and profit margins are slim- something has to change or the risks inherent in construction will outweigh the benefit. Traditional CPM and Gantt charts tools have been the standard for decades but the results have left the industry in a place where on-budget and on-time are not the norm and only sometimes achieved-last year in the UK only 40% of projects were delivered on time. Thankfully, however, the future is bright. Industry leaders who have chosen to challenge the status quo are reaping the rewards from purpose built 21st century digital technology. Synchro PRO is leading Improvement, Innovation and Cooperation- the results are significant.
With new tools come new methods. There are numerous examples of this when it comes to Lean Construction and BIM, where new BIM tools require new processes that very often encompass several lean principles. I tend to say that Lean is the right leg and BIM is the left leg, and although you could stand on either one, in a fiercely competitive market that constantly shifts, it is easier for a construction company to maintain balance by standing on both.
4D scheduling is one example of synergy where BIM can be used to achieve lean effects, either to support traditional planning methodology or to complement the Last Planner™ System. This blog post is meant to give an introduction to 4D scheduling and how some projects at Skanska achieves lean effects from using 4D in projects.Read More
Several months ago, I was involved in a complicated heavy highway project which included the reconstruction of multiple State roads, the preservation of several bridges, the replacement of partial MSE retaining walls underneath ramps, the replacement of two sign structures and upgrades to existing traffic signal systems, not to mention traffic switches, closures and detours of ramps, intersections, overpasses and pedestrian walkways. I recalled that my morning started with a review of drawings (296 pages, half-size) with a construction manager who had over 25 years of experience. We were requested to provide a draft of the design schedule along with a PS&E submission by end of the following week. Seven revisions were done after, and a “what if” analysis was performed to estimate open to traffic time of one major ramp and predict project finish dates with different notice-to-proceed dates.