4D BIM for Construction

Job Cams and the Power of 4D: That's Innovation!

Posted by Sue Dengenis on Feb 19, 2014 5:37:14 PM

In his article, “Construction Job Cams Become Common, Useful Tool”, (ENR January 6/13, 2014), Tom Sawyer outlines the uses and benefits of job site cameras.  The ENR article states that the growing use of job cams is being propelled by, among other things, the growing use of building information modelling (BIM).  Not only are specs requiring job site cameras, there is also a noticeable trend globally to require 3D models and 4D construction visualizations in project specifications- from tender bids to design/build and commissioning.  Innovative companies have found that when used in combination, job cams and 4D visualizations become a very powerful tool, as 4D provides a context against which job cams images can be viewed.

“Jobsite cameras take scheduled photos from static positions and stream them to private users or public websites, stringing together the images as movies of projects going up or to archive for later use. While the cameras are a hit with developers and marketers of high-end residential buildings and flagship projects, they are becoming a general construction staple, written into specs from the start, say users and vendors.”

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