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.)