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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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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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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VDC/BIM: Disruptive Innovation, Creative Destruction

Posted by Leonardo Rischmoller on Mar 13, 2015 10:17:00 AM

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While there is not yet a more or less agreed definition about what BIM and VDC are, BIM/VDC is still seen by many careful risk-takers concerned with maintaining the status quo as only an incremental innovation oriented to improve on an existing way of doing something.  BIM/VDC, however, is not only an incremental innovation but a new way to deal with the whole life cycle project development processes that will transform completely the AEC/EPC industries. Thinking about BIM/VDC as a form of “disruptive innovation” (Clay Christensen) or “creative destruction” (Joseph Schumpeter) could help us to understand the path of huge transformation that the AEC/EPC industries have just started to walk due to the impact of BIM/VDC adoption. 

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Building A Scheduling Dashboard At Beck

Posted by James Norris and Brian Monwai- Beck Group on Mar 3, 2015 11:00:00 AM

The Virtual Building Group has been developing a Scheduling Dashboard to help us achieve operational excellence in our construction scheduling. With the Dashboard we are able to monitor and track the health of every project’s schedule, ensure that our people know and use proper scheduling techniques, and hold people accountable to company standards. 

The Dashboard is a web application where schedules created in P6, Synchro, or even Microsoft Project can be uploaded for project managers to self-audit their schedules and for VBG schedulers and operational leadership to review project status. The application shows the schedule health of all Beck projects from a very high level all the way down to individual tasks. The scheduling data is tracked over time, so we can: view changes in contract completion dates, days gained/lost, number of scheduled activities, and maintain baselines, duration changes and proper logic. This helps us be proactive in keeping any individual job on schedule and helps us manage our projects across the company.

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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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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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Top Trends in Construction

Posted by Joshua Hanson on Nov 21, 2013 12:00:00 PM

 1)    Permanent Modular Pre-Fabricated Construction-

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