4D BIM for Construction

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

Posted by Tom Dengenis on Jun 15, 2017 6:12:00 PM

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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Let the University Challenge Begin!

Posted by Tom Dengenis on Jan 20, 2017 6:57:28 PM

The 4th Annual Synchro Software University Challenge was announced to construction educators and students round the globe this week. 

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Week 5 - Synchro PRO and Contract Management

Posted by Pawel Krecz on Sep 8, 2016 5:14:25 AM

The medium is the message.

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The Concept of VDC Stages

Posted by Tom Dengenis on May 31, 2016 3:00:00 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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Building a 4D Strategy on Top of VDC Principles

Posted by Jon Berkoe on Nov 13, 2014 3:37:34 PM

I like to think of Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) as a process that ideally flows through a project, digitally (i.e., virtually) creating, collecting, transporting, and delivering project data from design through construction.  The VDC process includes software, hardware, and people – ideally all in the proper configurations and locations to allow for cooperative participation, and enabled to deliver a high performing (i.e., optimized) constructed facility.  In this context you could say that if BIM is the car then VDC is the driver.  While there are a multitude of toolsets and techniques used, in my opinion there are essentially four “foundational” principles that provide a set of basic requirements for a well-designed and well executed VDC-enabled project.  Simply put, these are as follows –

  1.  Flow of information – data must flow continuously and non-selectively between project phases and  users.
  2.  Measurement/Control – data must be traceable and easily controlled, and allow for performance  metrics to be measured.
  3.  Impact on Construction – VDC should drive a construction process that meets schedule, reduces  cost, increases quality and minimizes risk.
  4.  Accessibility – VDC should enable data to be accessed by everyone involved in the project  (designers, planners, buyers, managers, builders, etc.) at the point of use and in the format required.

In this context, 4D planning is arguably the most critical aspect of VDC, in that it purposefully ties the schedule progress to the design/build progress, thus enabling a timely, accurate, and useful construction plan.  In order to align with the above VDC principles and fulfill the requirements for successful implementation, the 4D approach should align with an equally important set of basic principles, which I would suggest are as follows -

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