4D BIM for Construction

Visual Storytelling

Posted by Tom Dengenis on Mar 6, 2017 5:01:22 PM

This past week as we are preparing for the next Synchro Software User’s Conference it has been very hard to avoid the news and broadcast interviews about the Oscars award ceremony and the event played out for the Best Picture winner Moonlight.  Among the chatter I heard an interview that described the power of storytelling and it caught my attention.  In the conversation Cheo Hodari Coker said among many things that:

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BIM and VDC Defined, The Mortenson Perspective

Posted by Ricardo Khan on Jun 18, 2015 1:12:08 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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VDC/BIM: Disruptive Innovation, Creative Destruction

Posted by Leonardo Rischmoller on Mar 13, 2015 10:17:00 AM

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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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Synchro Unveils Mobile 4D Construction App at Conference

Posted by Sue Dengenis on Jan 22, 2015 1:35:00 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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4D Construction Software: Some Metrics

Posted by Sue Dengenis on Aug 20, 2014 10:00:00 AM

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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