4D BIM for Construction

Where does CPM and 2D fit in the Digital Construction Age?

Posted by Tom Dengenis on Feb 17, 2017 10:03:29 PM

Within a few years of its’ introduction, Critical Path Method (CPM)- a project modelling technique developed in the late 1950s- succeeded in making positive performance impacts in both manufacturing and the defence industries.  “The critical path method was developed at the DuPont Company in 1957 by a pair of mathematicians who were looking at ways to avoid the costs of plant shutdowns and restarts caused by inefficient scheduling. Their research showed that money could be saved by focusing efforts on performing the right tasks at the right times, rather than flooding the problem with labor to stay on schedule. This saved DuPont 25 percent on shutdowns...” (http://yourbusiness.azcentral.com/history-critical-path-method-24351.html) This created big hopes and excitement for CPM to also improve construction project delivery performance.  Construction companies began adopting CPM in the late 1950s and early 1960s. By the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, the personal computer made CPM affordable and accessible to the masses; so how has construction performance fared since  CPM became the standard for construction planning and scheduling?

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Synchro Platform 2016.2 Release

Posted by Tom Dengenis on Sep 30, 2016 5:53:24 PM

RELEASE NOTES 

Version 5.3.2   30 September 2016

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WEEK 3: SYNCHRO SOFTWARE AS A 4D PLANNING SOLUTION

Posted by Pawel Krecz on Aug 22, 2016 6:42:48 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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4D TIME MACHINE

Posted by Tom Dengenis on Aug 2, 2016 6:46:01 PM

 

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The Concept of VDC Stages

Posted by Tom Dengenis on May 31, 2016 4:00:00 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 4:00:00 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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Use of 4D Modeling in Simulating Plant Construction Operations

Posted by Jon Berkoe on Mar 11, 2016 5:04:53 PM

Achieving a breakthrough in construction planning-improving safety and efficiency?

Every construction project is different and the current planning methods result in many operational challenges not being discovered until the last few days before the relevant work has to be done. The desired breakthrough can only be achieved by adding a new dimension to the current planning methods- one that enables everyone on the project to SEE and to easily understand exactly what will be going on ahead of time.  4D planning does exactly that, and therefore makes this breakthrough a reality.

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Construction Project Owners- Are You Leading High Performance Construction?

Posted by Sue Dengenis on Feb 9, 2016 6:39:46 PM

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.

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Improving Construction The Synchro Way: Real Results

Posted by Sue Dengenis on Jan 13, 2016 12:03:40 PM

It's January, kick off the year with a commitment to continuous and measurable improvement!

In 2015 the use of 4D planning and scheduling increased significantly- numerous presentations were made at conferences demonstrating the implementation workflows and the powerful results: improved safety, increased productivity, lower cost and greater reliability.  The results come from the transparency and cooperation that true 4D visual scheduling enables. 

 Why the big interest in 4D BIM for construction?  The industry is at a point were complexity continues to grow and profit margins are slim- something has to change or the risks inherent in construction will outweigh the benefit.  Traditional CPM and Gantt charts tools have been the standard for decades but the results have left the industry in a place where on-budget and on-time are not the norm and only sometimes achieved-last year in the UK only 40% of projects were delivered on time.   Thankfully, however, the future is bright. Industry leaders who have chosen to challenge the status quo are reaping the rewards from purpose built 21st century digital technology.  Synchro PRO is leading Improvement, Innovation and Cooperation- the results are significant.

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How 4D scheduling creates synergies between BIM & Lean

Posted by Roar Fosse on Dec 2, 2015 11:03:14 AM

With new tools come new methods. There are numerous examples of this when it comes to Lean Construction and BIM, where new BIM tools require new processes that very often encompass several lean principles. I tend to say that Lean is the right leg and BIM is the left leg, and although you could stand on either one, in a fiercely competitive market that constantly shifts, it is easier for a construction company to maintain balance by standing on both. 

4D scheduling is one example of synergy where BIM can be used to achieve lean effects, either to support traditional planning methodology or to complement the Last Planner™ System. This blog post is meant to give an introduction to 4D scheduling and how some projects at Skanska achieves lean effects from using 4D in projects.

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