If you read BuildingTech INSIDER consistently, you know builders are applying virtual design and construction (VDC) practices for building information modeling (BIM). Major disciplines leveraging the many benefits of BIM are mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP), as well as fire protection. MEP is a critical discipline for systems decision-making – these decisions are sometimes made by a facility’s management and operations team. Using BIM practices to gain additional perspective on MEP is tremendously powerful. This post discusses how to rock your next MEP effort with BIM.
You could say Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) is a practice that ensures the best BIM plans do not go to waste. It is an integrated process focused on the data management of multi-disciplinary design and construction models. BIMs capture and organize the design and construction work processes required to meet project scope and business objectives. VDC analyzes project data to both identify and then mitigate risks that may jeopardize project cost and schedule goals. Evaluation includes the visualization and analysis of 2D details in a 3D environment enabling a design to build approach. You could say VDC ensuring more reliable information and better decision-making. This post offers a few tips on how to run a productive VDC meeting.
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is forever changing the way we design and build. The process encourages and actually improves project engagement allowing for more effective collaboration throughout a project’s lifetime. As the demand for BIM tools continue to rise, the need to design within an enhanced virtual environment will continue. In this post, we concentrate on two areas, virtual mock-ups and fabrication simulation.
It almost goes without saying; a majority of important project decisions are made at the design phase. Traditionally, all project stakeholders do not participate at this phase. For argument sake, let’s imagine a scenario where all project stakeholders are involved during the design phase. You’d expect get a clearer picture on project scope and geometric detail. Decisions on physical construction would lead to greater outcomes in terms of timing, delivery, and cost. Add virtual building into the mix and you’ve got an environment that sparks proactive engagement and, ultimately, greater results. This post makes the case for building in a virtual environment.
“What if?” This tends to be the reoccurring question each project team faces when working with a 4D BIM construction-sequencing model. Model-based sequencing links model elements to schedule activities to develop a construction-sequencing plan. 5D model-based estimating adds in the element of cost to the 3D BIM model. The construction sequencing method is an invaluable resource for developing the project plan for the activity sequence and logistical requirements on an active construction site, or phased occupancy of a renovation, retrofit, addition.
Ever feel like you need a crystal ball to predict whether your project is constructable? Virtual design and construction (VDC) may be just what you need.
So what is VDC? VDC is the management of integrated multi-disciplinary performance models of your project, which includes the building or structure, manpower, workflow sequences and processes, and overall organization of the design and construction. This practice references and analyzes the overall project model to determine material quantities, project schedule milestones, project cost, material quantities, as well as identifies potential project risks. All of these elements are considered Building Information Modeling (BIM) processes.
Reaching project target costs is a whole lot easier with 5D model-based cost estimating. 5D model-based cost estimating links and maps model elements and associated construction quantities to develop a project cost plan. 4D construction sequencing brings the element of time or schedule to the 3D BIM model; 5D brings the element of cost. This cost estimating method is an effective way to work together with the owner and project stakeholders, leveraging a wealth of information and experience from the model to the project in a visually communicative way. Use of 5D model-based cost estimating may still be a fairly new practice for some people. However, I am pleased to report that we’ve had great success using model-based estimating over the past 10 years. This article aims to illustrate how 5D model-based cost estimating can be successfully applied on your next project.
It seems like just yesterday when we were suffering from public funding uncertainty due to volatile market conditions. This case study discusses Academic Building II at California State University, Monterey -- a project that reminds us how we overcame that difficult time. This project underwent many state funding delays. As a team, we took these conditions into consideration and remained steadfast in our commitment to preserve the project’s planned budget.
Think about what you could do with the ability to “link” key project information to a location within a building that houses key systems. Now take that ability and imagine what it would be like to access this information from your smart phone or tablet device. That would be pretty cool, right?
This capability is currently being used on active construction projects. The concept of “linking” requires Quick Response (QR) codes. Most people can recognize a QR code when they see one – however, do they actually use them to tag information on a project? QR codes offer the opportunity to create a more connected building thus making the issue of digital competency even more important to design and construction practices.
When you think of a project’s lifecycle, chances are virtual and augmented reality technologies may not immediately come to mind. In recent years, mobile technologies have changed the face of design and construction by becoming tools that support traditional methods, allowing people to conduct business on the go. You will find mobile combined with virtual and augmented reality technologies empowers clients, designers and builders alike.