4D BIM for Construction


Posted by Hector Arias on Aug 24, 2017 1:10:00 PM


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Level of Development for 4D Project Management

Posted by Mazen Faloughi on Jul 24, 2017 6:40:57 PM

When it comes to implementing 4D project management, the topic of LOD (level of detail or level of development) comes up a lot. Because 4D Project management integrates the construction schedule with the BIM models, implementation strategists need to think about the best ways to link these two traditionally separated construction tools. The main concerns regarding these issues are usually represented by the following questions:

  • Are the project BIM models developed enough to match the level of detail of the schedule?
  • Are the project BIM models way more detailed than is required for 4D PM purposes?
  • What is the level detail for which the 4D model will yield the highest ROI?

Why do these questions cause a lot of confusion? One reason is that they implicitly assume that 4D modelling is a one-off effort that is carried out at some stage of the project lifecycle to validate the schedule or solve a problem. Therefore figuring out the right stage or LOD to carry it out will (presumably) ensure its success.

In reality, after having supported multiple implementation efforts of 4D using Synchro on complex projects over the past two years, I can promise you that this is not the case.

In my opinion, 4D Project management should be considered as an improved version of project management. This means that it can be carried out in parallel, by different teams, and in different ways to serve different purposes that contribute to a more effective project delivery to the customer. Each 4D PM effort should be carried out at the LOD that reflects the type of PM decisions resulting from that effort. This is really important.

Here are some of the most common applications of the tool along with the suggested model/schedule LOD for each application.

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In conclusion, I believe that regardless of the LOD of your models/schedule, implementing 4D will improve the performance of your project. However, this isn’t the most widely held belief in the construction industry as construction teams are not always exposed to the newest tools and workflows that enable them to succeed.

What are your thoughts? Feel free to share your opinions and comments regarding this issue.

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New Synchro Academy Now Live!

Posted by Tom Dempsey on Apr 28, 2017 2:47:54 PM

We are pleased to announce that the new version of Synchro Academy is now live. Here I explain the reasons we have made this change and what you will find there.

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Synchro 2017 brings cooperation, scale, and new functionality

Posted by Sue Dengenis on Apr 28, 2017 2:47:28 PM

Synchro Software’s 2017 release is truly multi-dimensional — ranging from a re-designed user interface to a new Cloud offering.

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Synchro Platform 2016.2 Release

Posted by Tom Dengenis on Sep 30, 2016 10:53:24 PM


Version 5.3.2   30 September 2016

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Week 5 - Synchro PRO and Contract Management

Posted by Pawel Krecz on Sep 8, 2016 11:14:25 AM

The medium is the message.

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Posted by Pawel Krecz on Aug 22, 2016 11:42:48 PM

“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.”

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Posted by Tom Dengenis on Aug 2, 2016 11:46:01 PM


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The Concept of VDC Stages

Posted by Tom Dengenis on May 31, 2016 9:00:00 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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Bring 4D into your pull planning sessions

Posted by Mazen Faloughi on Mar 21, 2016 8:00:00 PM

Pull planning and the Last Planner™ System have been successful in the construction industry. Some of the reasons for this success are:

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