4D BIM for Construction

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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Is Gaming Visualization the Key to Construction Planning, Scheduling and Project Controls?

Posted by Tom Dengenis on Jun 16, 2017 12:12:00 AM

A stunning visualisation of a project will always have an impact, whether at the pitch phase or communicating during project delivery, and choosing a tool which can deliver is a high priority. We are often asked about the difference between Synchro Software and other 4D animation tools in the market, for example those driven by gaming engines, especially since some of them claim to facilitate “new and improved” more efficient project management. Typically, their approach is to input or import task names along with their start date and finish date and apply those four data elements to their visualisation to create something “4D”. 

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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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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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4D TIME MACHINE

Posted by Tom Dengenis on Aug 2, 2016 11:46:01 PM

 

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The Concept of VDC Stages

Posted by Tom Dengenis on May 31, 2016 9:00:00 AM

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.

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Construction Project Owners- Are You Leading High Performance Construction?

Posted by Sue Dengenis on Feb 9, 2016 11:39:46 PM

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.

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Safety Planning with Synchro at Pearl Harbor Hanger Renovation

Posted by Amir Hamaoui on Oct 22, 2015 7:27:42 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 1:00:00 PM

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 8:53:48 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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