4D BIM for Construction

Improving Construction The Synchro Way: Real Results

Posted by Sue Dengenis on Jan 13, 2016 12:03:40 PM

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.

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How 4D scheduling creates synergies between BIM & Lean

Posted by Roar Fosse on Dec 2, 2015 11:03:14 AM

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.

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MAXIMIZE THE VALUE OF 3D DATA THROUGH 4D PLANNING

Posted by Jacqueline Chen on Oct 29, 2015 10:00:00 AM

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.

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Safety Planning with Synchro at Pearl Harbor Hanger Renovation

Posted by Amir Hamaoui on Oct 22, 2015 1:27:42 PM

The Safety Lead, Blake Mead, and VDC Lead, Angelo Lago, for Hensel Phelps Pacific Region used Synchro Software to plan and successfully execute the renovation of a hanger in Pearl Harbor, HI with increased safety and more efficient production.

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Five Things To Know When Evaluating 4D Construction Software

Posted by Sue Dengenis on Oct 16, 2015 7:00:00 AM

The number of new technologies entering the construction market is radily expanding.  Some of these new products (and old ones for that matter) work fairly well, some make big promises but little impact, some actually make matters worse and some…… will revolutionize the industry.  4D scheduling and planning is one technology that has been around for a few years and its impact is growing dramatically. 4D is being used on all types of construction around the world and its value is driven by transparency and cooperation. If you haven’t dug into the details yet, you should, and soon.  Here are some things you should consider when evaluating 4D products.

Not ALL 4D is created equal.

Top Five things to know:

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10 Point Checklist: Is 4D Construction Software Right For You?

Posted by Sue Dengenis on Oct 1, 2015 2:53:48 PM

Wake Up and Smell the Sawdust!!

According to the CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building), the construction industry’s ability to deliver projects on time fell from 45% in 2014 to 40% this year. That’s dismal.  We hear these disappointing stats regularly and yet little seems to change, year after year.  Is the problem a lack of leadership, poor technology or a faulty process?  My opinion, some of all of these, but I will save that discussion for another time.  I am more interested in how to create change.   How do we move the industry to a position of leadership in both innovation and performance?  The good news is, the change has already begun- if you haven’t noticed you need to wake up and seize the opportunity- the future is bright and truly exciting!     

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Build NY Live: Connecting the Community with BIM

Posted by Jessica Makrinos on Sep 30, 2015 9:01:45 AM


Starting mid-day on September 21, team BIM Unlimited gathered around 2D plans of Hudson Yards and brainstormed ideas for the Western side of Western Yards. Western Yards is the western side of Hudson Yards, a 17 million square foot piece of property that combines both commercial and residential space.  

48 hours later, BIM Unlimited presented a Synchro PRO 4D model and won the Sustainability and Constructability Award. 

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Breaking Limitations and Reconstructing Failure

Posted by Tom Dempsey on Sep 21, 2015 6:00:42 PM

Over the weekend, I purchased a new book by Matthew Syed – Black Box Thinking: The Surprising Truth About Success (Copyright 2015 by John Murray (Publishers)). Having enjoyed many of his sports writing in the past, I was keen to read it so I actually purchased it from a bricks and mortar book store - so that I could read it then and there. With the help of four coffees, I managed to read it in one afternoon - which was actually easy to do as I found the subject matter completely immersive.

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4D is a Critical Tool for Reducing the Cost of Construction

Posted by Jon Berkoe on Jul 23, 2015 11:00:00 AM

If Contractors do not effectively implement 4D with BIM, the cost of construction for almost any substantial project – building, infrastructure, industrial – is higher than it needs to be.  Money is being wasted, time is being wasted, and sometimes safety is being compromised.  BIM enables increasingly more advanced, more intelligent designs.  Constructing that design is also increasingly more complex - the congestion of time, material, people, equipment, and space creates unforeseen problems - this is common and continuous.  It would seem obvious that many of these problems could be identified and averted if planning was effective.  And if these problems were averted then money and time would be saved.  But how can planning be effective if a schedule is done “1-dimensionally”, line by line, hundreds of activity connections spanning pages on top of pages?  How can a scope of work with say 20 (or more) activities in the same physical area occurring at the same time be well understood?  Or how can the safety risk of a crane operating overhead be adequately accounted for when it doesn’t even appear on the schedule?  Truth is, no matter how detailed and visually appealing the BIM model, if it doesn’t clearly show the “when” for every activity of construction then how do we know there are not going to be problems, potentially avoidable problems?

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True Change Comes From the Inside

Posted by Eric Olsen on Jul 21, 2015 8:00:00 AM

In preparation for a recent company meeting, I had the opportunity to read the first chapter of Janice A. Klein’s book True Change: How Outsiders on the Inside Get Things Done in Organizations.  (Copyright 2004 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)  I found this reading interesting due to the fact that at Synchro, we often say that our biggest competitor is the “Status Quo”, or the way things have always been done.  It is no secret or surprise to any of us that change is never easy.  Ms. Klein makes the clear case that “Outsiders on the Inside” are the people who successfully orchestrate true change in an organization.  I look with anticipation to the rest of the book.
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