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
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
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:Read More
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!
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.Read More
This question has been asked multiple times within companies that are new to the VDC / BIM methods. The solution may be simple to understand but challenging to implement. It’s understood that the construction industry is not the fastest to accept new methods and strategies. Why should we? We have been constructing major projects for years without using these methods.Read More
We’ve all heard the terms BIM and VDC before. But across the industry there are varying descriptions for each. They are not the same. Well let’s take a moment to level set on what BIM and VDC means to Mortenson Construction.Read More