Synchro Software’s 2017 release is truly multi-dimensional — ranging from a re-designed user interface to a new Cloud offering.Read More
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”.Read More
“The most exciting time is when I think of an idea and how I imagine I can make it. It would be wonderful if there was a projector inside my eye that and it could just put the idea on the screen for people to see.”Read More
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
Several months ago, I was involved in a complicated heavy highway project which included the reconstruction of multiple State roads, the preservation of several bridges, the replacement of partial MSE retaining walls underneath ramps, the replacement of two sign structures and upgrades to existing traffic signal systems, not to mention traffic switches, closures and detours of ramps, intersections, overpasses and pedestrian walkways. I recalled that my morning started with a review of drawings (296 pages, half-size) with a construction manager who had over 25 years of experience. We were requested to provide a draft of the design schedule along with a PS&E submission by end of the following week. Seven revisions were done after, and a “what if” analysis was performed to estimate open to traffic time of one major ramp and predict project finish dates with different notice-to-proceed dates.
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!
Over the weekend, I purchased a new book by Matthew Syed – Black Box Thinking: The Surprising Truth About Success (Copyright 2015 by John Murray (Publishers)). Having enjoyed many of his sports writing in the past, I was keen to read it so I actually purchased it from a bricks and mortar book store - so that I could read it then and there. With the help of four coffees, I managed to read it in one afternoon - which was actually easy to do as I found the subject matter completely immersive.Read More