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.
“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.
Jobsite environments are rapidly changing with the increased adoption of onsite technologies advancing active and effective engagement. In this new age of design and construction innovation, there will be winners and losers. There’s a clear divide between early adopters and late bloomers that construction professionals cannot afford to ignore. The following describes the technologies we believe will continue to make an impact as well as emerging technologies that could begin to make a presence in 2016.
Let’s face it BIM is here to stay. The process is truly transforming project planning and management. But is it really a useful process? At first blush, you say, “yes.” The data generated from a model can be leveraged into a beneficial visual and informational aid for design and field personnel. Field activities require practical and accurate information from the model to apply to physical construction. So why is it so hard to implement BIM in the field? Could it be that time and accuracy is lost from manual activities? Are teams still making calculations from 2D plans? Are they using old measurement methods? To get to the heart of the matter, this post explores the facts and fiction of BIM.
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.
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.
Building Information Modeling is all the industry rage and Millennial design and construction professionals have their mobile devices in hand, ready to access models and roll with a project’s daily activities. However, it is also important to drown out the sounds of the mobile device and make sure that a project’s building information model is really telling the truth about your client’s project. You’ve got to get beyond the novelty of simply creating the 3D model; it is time to develop a reliable BIM Execution Plan.