Let’s assume you and I are on a project together. We’ve determined the project requirements and the design phase is about to commence. The project architect is beginning to shape the client vision through a series of project drawings and written specifications. We know the client will be a part of this process to review the drawings and make important decisions. As we begin to embark on the design phase, we start to wonder how virtual design and construction practices could benefit our project.
Long gone are the days of gathering around project renderings with the entire team to work through design and construction elements. These days, architects, engineers and general contractors, designers, and tradespeople have turned to virtual reality because the drawings only offer a two dimensional view. Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s first get a definitive understanding of virtual reality and how it can be used in the AEC industry to deliver results.
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.
If you think that a Project Execution Plan is simply used to highlight how to handle, store and share your models, think again. The Project Execution Plan is much more than that. Even before design starts, the project team (including GC’s VDC – Virtual Design Construction team) and all major stakeholders must reach consensus about the project management processes needed for the project execution plan. The overall goal is to set the stage for a clear implementation strategy from design through to construction. Here are some thoughts, ideas and best practices about how to benefit from good planning for VDC/BIM uses.
Whether you call it data-driven prediction or think of it as pseudo-science, virtual design and construction is going strong. Today’s owners require smart, efficient planning and want the architect, engineer and general contractor to work together to meet their desired building requirements. Given today’s technological advancements, what are the qualities or characteristics of an intelligent and predictive master program plan?
One of the greatest movements in the AEC industry today is the practice of virtual design and construction (VDC). We believe the impact and influence of this practice is so great that we prepared an editorial series to exclusively discuss how it influences each phase of a project’s lifecycle.
Our editorial series will be authored by Patrick Krzyzosiak, Virtual Design and Construction Manager, along with Rudolph and Sletten’s expert team of in-house VDC professionals. Our VDC team is comprised of experienced Architects and Engineers. Among them, Christopher Boehme and Brandon Neish play critical roles assisting design team. The VDC team offers true Building Information Modeling (BIM) solutions along with effective and efficient technology integration. The VDC team optimizes 3D modeling intelligence, 4D scheduling integration for construction, 5D cost estimating, as well as communication, collaboration, and predictive, proactive procurement.