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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Five Things To Know When Evaluating 4D Construction Software

Posted by Sue Dengenis on Oct 16, 2015 7:00:00 AM

The number of new technologies entering the construction market is radily expanding.  Some of these new products (and old ones for that matter) work fairly well, some make big promises but little impact, some actually make matters worse and some…… will revolutionize the industry.  4D scheduling and planning is one technology that has been around for a few years and its impact is growing dramatically. 4D is being used on all types of construction around the world and its value is driven by transparency and cooperation. If you haven’t dug into the details yet, you should, and soon.  Here are some things you should consider when evaluating 4D products.

Not ALL 4D is created equal.

Top Five things to know:

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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 11:00:00 AM

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 11:00:00 AM

 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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VDC/BIM: Top-Down or Bottom-up Implementation?

Posted by Leonardo Rischmoller on Feb 5, 2015 10:22:00 PM

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Based on my experience, I have seen that when an explicit or tacit decision to choose between a top-down or a bottom-up approach to BIM/VDC implementation is made, companies and projects are biased through the top-down approach. 

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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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The Next Generation of PM Tools for the AEC Industry

Posted by Josh Oakley, ANGL Consulting on Dec 17, 2013 7:18:42 PM

The A/E/C industry needs a revolution in the tools it uses to get work done. As a project manager in any discipline knows, anxiety about unfinished work is constant. Most of this anxiety is a result of how work is managed, not whether it’s actually getting done. It comes from a psychological condition called the Zeigarnik Effect. The Zeigarnik Effect is the tendency to experience intrusive thoughts about an object that was once pursued and left incomplete.

The large project planning tools that dominate the industry usually serve to document a guess (plan) before the project starts and then as a post mortem information capture during project completion. Most do this well. However, most aren’t built to manage the rapidly changing environment of day-­to-­day work. They aren’t nimble or user friendly enough to keep up with constantly changing daily tasks. Much less the collaboration and communication that’s required to keep information current. Email ends up being the primary tool for managing day to day work. As the inbox piles up with work the Zeigarnik Effect takes over and every email can become an intrusive thought.

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