4D BIM for Construction

Build NY Live: Connecting the Community with BIM

Posted by Jessica Makrinos on Sep 30, 2015 3:01:45 PM


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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When to develop a 4D Schedule?

Posted by Ken Meding on Jul 7, 2015 3:30:00 PM

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. 

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BIM and VDC Defined, The Mortenson Perspective

Posted by Ricardo Khan on Jun 18, 2015 7:12:08 PM

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.  

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Are We At A Fork In the Road?

Posted by Tom Dengenis on May 19, 2015 2:13:00 PM

Complexity in engineering, design and construction is now a constant. If we can point to one factor  driving complexity it is the new CAD capabilities that 3D modeling enables; the fantastic, the amazing and in some sectors like oil and gas, the monster projects.
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VDC/BIM: Disruptive Innovation, Creative Destruction

Posted by Leonardo Rischmoller on Mar 13, 2015 3:17:00 PM

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While there is not yet a more or less agreed definition about what BIM and VDC are, BIM/VDC is still seen by many careful risk-takers concerned with maintaining the status quo as only an incremental innovation oriented to improve on an existing way of doing something.  BIM/VDC, however, is not only an incremental innovation but a new way to deal with the whole life cycle project development processes that will transform completely the AEC/EPC industries. Thinking about BIM/VDC as a form of “disruptive innovation” (Clay Christensen) or “creative destruction” (Joseph Schumpeter) could help us to understand the path of huge transformation that the AEC/EPC industries have just started to walk due to the impact of BIM/VDC adoption. 

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Clarifying Details and Scope Using the Power of a 4D Schedule

Posted by James Norris- Beck Group on Feb 18, 2015 4:00:00 PM

Often times when we create our initial construction schedules, we don’t know some of the specific details that will determine how the building can actually go together. We all have ideas on what we “want” to happen in order to meet our promised end date to the owner. But, do we ask all the right questions needed to build our buildings in the way we logistically formed our schedule for the project?

 

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Who Should Lead 4D?

Posted by Ken McBroom on Feb 10, 2015 4:00:00 PM

 With the ever increasing advancement of technology, there come new opportunities, along with creation of new roles and responsibilities to use this new technology. When I started in construction, MEP coordination (how the systems would physically need to be installed in the overhead space of a building) was done using light tables and overlays. 

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Synchro Unveils Mobile 4D Construction App at Conference

Posted by Sue Dengenis on Jan 22, 2015 6:35:00 PM

Synchro Software Ltd. (synchroltd.com) held its fourth annual 4D Construction conference last week at the San Diego Marriott Marquis Marina.   Over 120 people were present to see the unveiling of the new mobile app the company is developing to bring their 4D technology to construction sites.  “At Synchro, it is our tradition to provide continuous software improvements to keep pace with the user communities’ demand for increased capabilities within 4D Construction Project Management.” Said Tom Dengenis, CEO.

In addition to the mobile app, the company released an update to its' award winning Synchro PRO software.  The new release, PRO 5, has a long list of new features such as a direct integration with Navisworks and Bentley iModel, improved workflow enhancements and a new Risk Analysis tool.  A complete description of the new features is available at https://synchroltd.com/synchro-pro-5-release-notes/.

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The 4D Process at RNEST Refinery, Brazil: An Update

Posted by Gabriel Henrique Ferreira Gonçalves on Sep 16, 2014 4:00:00 PM

Implementation of Delayed Coke Units and Regenerative Caustic Treatment at Abreu e Lima Refinery in Ipojuca-PE / Brazil. Considered by Petrobras the most modern refinery built in national territory, with capacity to process 240 thousand oil barrels per day.

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4D Construction Software: Some Metrics

Posted by Sue Dengenis on Aug 20, 2014 4:00:00 PM

Let’s face it, 4D construction animations have become the norm among leaders in the construction industry- pretty much everyone uses them to some degree- high-rise towers, industrial plants, oil & gas refineries, roads, bridges, global companies and small consultants.  Not so long ago animations differentiated companies from the competition, not so much anymore.  Today, competitive advantage is being gained by embracing 4D as a strategy for process improvement and as a means to lean construction.  Why?  Because it works.  In fact, it works incredibly well.  People who dig in and invest the time to understand 4D and, who are open to a transparent process, immediately recognize that animations are quick and easy but they are not the end goal.  When 4D is used day in and day out to manage projects, the real value emerges.   

Making an animation is fairly simple, link your schedule to the 3D model and produce an avi.  4D can then be put to work for the entire delivery team.  The computer becomes a practice field where entire teams review, discuss and edit the plan, in real time.  True 4D scheduling technology allows the impacts to be seen immediately as they ripple through the plan, there is no need to re-enter data for each scenario.  Scenarios can be run over and over until the schedule is synchronized and optimized. The process is quick, effective and engaging. It begins before you ever reach the site and continues until the project is complete.  Imagine watching a short 2 minute simulation of a project phase where logistics, space and resources can all be identified for each moment in time, in as much detail as required.  Try that with a Gantt chart and a stack of plans-very inefficient and ineffective.  (Itis also innfective using 4D that doesn’t provide scheduling capabilities.) 

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