4D BIM for Construction

Construction Project Owners- Are You Leading High Performance Construction?

Posted by Sue Dengenis on Feb 9, 2016 11:39:46 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 5:03:40 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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MAXIMIZE THE VALUE OF 3D DATA THROUGH 4D PLANNING

Posted by Jacqueline Chen on Oct 29, 2015 3:00:00 PM

Several months ago, I was involved in a complicated heavy highway project which included the reconstruction of multiple State roads, the preservation of several bridges, the replacement of partial MSE retaining walls underneath ramps, the replacement of two sign structures and upgrades to existing traffic signal systems, not to mention traffic switches, closures and detours of ramps, intersections, overpasses and pedestrian walkways. I recalled that my morning started with a review of drawings (296 pages, half-size) with a construction manager who had over 25 years of experience. We were requested to provide a draft of the design schedule along with a PS&E submission by end of the following week. Seven revisions were done after, and a “what if” analysis was performed to estimate open to traffic time of one major ramp and predict project finish dates with different notice-to-proceed dates.

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Safety Planning with Synchro at Pearl Harbor Hanger Renovation

Posted by Amir Hamaoui on Oct 22, 2015 7:27:42 PM

The Safety Lead, Blake Mead, and VDC Lead, Angelo Lago, for Hensel Phelps Pacific Region used Synchro Software to plan and successfully execute the renovation of a hanger in Pearl Harbor, HI with increased safety and more efficient production.

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BIM and VDC Defined, The Mortenson Perspective

Posted by Ricardo Khan on Jun 18, 2015 7:12:08 PM

We’ve all heard the terms BIM and VDC before.  But across the industry there are varying descriptions for each.  They are not the same. Well let’s take a moment to level set on what BIM and VDC means to Mortenson Construction.  

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VDC/BIM: Disruptive Innovation, Creative Destruction

Posted by Leonardo Rischmoller on Mar 13, 2015 3:17:00 PM

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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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Who Should Lead 4D?

Posted by Ken McBroom on Feb 10, 2015 4:00:00 PM

 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 6, 2015 3:22:00 AM

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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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Building a 4D Strategy on Top of VDC Principles

Posted by Jon Berkoe on Nov 13, 2014 8:37:34 PM

I like to think of Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) as a process that ideally flows through a project, digitally (i.e., virtually) creating, collecting, transporting, and delivering project data from design through construction.  The VDC process includes software, hardware, and people – ideally all in the proper configurations and locations to allow for cooperative participation, and enabled to deliver a high performing (i.e., optimized) constructed facility.  In this context you could say that if BIM is the car then VDC is the driver.  While there are a multitude of toolsets and techniques used, in my opinion there are essentially four “foundational” principles that provide a set of basic requirements for a well-designed and well executed VDC-enabled project.  Simply put, these are as follows –

  1.  Flow of information – data must flow continuously and non-selectively between project phases and  users.
  2.  Measurement/Control – data must be traceable and easily controlled, and allow for performance  metrics to be measured.
  3.  Impact on Construction – VDC should drive a construction process that meets schedule, reduces  cost, increases quality and minimizes risk.
  4.  Accessibility – VDC should enable data to be accessed by everyone involved in the project  (designers, planners, buyers, managers, builders, etc.) at the point of use and in the format required.

In this context, 4D planning is arguably the most critical aspect of VDC, in that it purposefully ties the schedule progress to the design/build progress, thus enabling a timely, accurate, and useful construction plan.  In order to align with the above VDC principles and fulfill the requirements for successful implementation, the 4D approach should align with an equally important set of basic principles, which I would suggest are as follows -

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