Challenges faced by Construction companies while BIM Implementation!!!

Challenges faced by Construction companies while BIM Implementation!!!

Challenges faced by Construction companies while BIM Implementation!!!

Challenges faced by Construction companies while BIM Implementation!!!

Architectural Engineering Construction (AEC) companies face a number of challenges in executing large complex projects. A construction firm typically faces challenges like availability of BIM Experts, teams resisting to change and accept use of BIM, capability to manage information and most of all bear that additional cost of BIM implementation on the initial stage.

There exist significant limitations in the basic set of design tools. Developers & designers imagine their building projects in 3 dimensions. They visualize their projects as 3 dimensional projects. Their designs are then captured in the language of drawings which are essentially 2 dimensional. These drawings are sent to construction site and the team of contractors then interprets these 2D drawings to build in 3 dimensions. This transition from 3D to 2D and back again to 3D causes distortion/loss of information at each level.

All major construction projects are executed by a team of professionals – architects, structural engineers, service engineers, various consultants & contractors. This team may not necessarily working out of one location.  Coordination and collaboration between this team is very important for the success of a large complex project. Today industry is limited in the way teams work together & share information – we do this via drawings. Everyone is working of their own set of drawings. A large amount of effort has to be spent to ensure that the work of different consultants is coordinated. With the increasing complexity coordinating from 2D drawings is very challenging.

Change is inevitable in any project lifecycle. Managing this change, ensuring that it’s propagated throughout the design adds more complexity.

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While the challenges of introducing a new process to the slow-to-accept-change real estate industry are clear, so are the potential benefits. The owner stands to gain through cost saving which is one of the greatest advantages of BIM. The major part of the life-cycle cost of a building does not come from the design and construction phase, but from operating the building over 20 to 50 years. Using BIM effectively in all these three phases – design, construction and operations has been of utmost importance for the clients.

BIM Implementation is taking good pace and construction companies are also realizing the worth of BIM. The concept of BIM helps in better problem solving, more effective communication and faster project building in a more cost effective way. Right from concept stage to design, construction and throughout the lifecycle of the project, BIM ensures better decision making.

With projects to be executed at multiple locations simultaneously and for each to be completed speedily, it is necessary to avoid the problems that are associated with the conventional way of Challenges Faced by Construction Companies.

While the challenges of introducing a new process to the slow-to-accept-change construction industry are clear, so are the potential benefits. The owner stands to gain through cost saving which is one of the greatest advantages of BIM. The major part of the life-cycle cost of a building does not come from the design and construction phase, but from operating the building over 20 to 50 years. Using BIM effectively in all these three phases – design, construction and operations has been of utmost importance for the clients.

BIM Implementation is taking good pace and construction companies are also realizing the worth of BIM. The concept of BIM helps in better problem solving, more effective communication and faster project building in a more cost effective way. Right from concept stage to design, construction and throughout the lifecycle of the project, BIM ensures better decision making.

With projects to be executed at multiple locations simultaneously and for each to be completed speedily, it is necessary to avoid the problems that are associated with the conventional way of working. In the design phase of a project, smooth coordination between various teams that are located at different location becomes critical. Reducing the design time is crucial and getting a set of coordinated clash free drawings is even more so. Reference Bimforum

Taking your Design to next level

Taking your Design to next level

Taking your Design to next level

Taking your Design to next level

3D rendering and 3D modeling serve many benefits in a variety of fields. Without these, we would have no rendering simplification in the form of animated video for complex processes.

Considering in the parkway of film, or in current occasions how time and expense devouring it could be to reproduce an occasion, for example, a flame, or blast that has happened. The liveliness of 3D models permits craftsmen to make these occasions utilizing models, than rendering the models, which gives life into the structure to make a succession of occasions.

The procedure of 3D demonstrating permits craftsmen to take in a mixed bag of systems and structures to make models, liveliness and even perceptions. As these craftsmen are taught differing strategies, profitability increments as every system is best for make particular sorts of the models.

Utilizing 3D models are learning apparatuses are a business all in its own. We are each talented with diverse capacities, and with these capacities comes distinctive courses in which we have the capacity to learn new ideas, effortlessly and adequately. Through the utilization of 3D models and 3D representations we have the capacity to make ideas which can undoubtedly be adapted by visual or material learners. That is, the individuals who learn best by visual acknowledgment of an item, and the individuals who learn best by having the capacity to feel, or partake in an article.

GeoShot Technologies have the capacity to make models that can copy craftsmanship through the utilization of complex lighting, and photograph practical abilities made with 3D displaying programming projects. We have the capacity to make imaginative 3D models, which can advantage human expressions as giving another media. Model is one of the soonest types of 3D displaying, and now, we have the capacity to take figure to another level, with the utilization of 3D demonstrating programming which can make new media. Reference Geoshot

 

Highway Trust Fund Going Broke

The Highway Trust Fund Broke in 2014: What it Means and How to Fix It

The Highway Trust Fund Broke in 2014: What it Means and How to Fix It

Highway Trust Fund Going Broke

According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the Highway Trust Fund, founded in 1956 to build the interstate highway system, will go broke sometime before 2015. This isn’t the first time this has happened, as Congress has had to shore it up to the tune of 29.7 billion, taking money from the federal government’s general operating fund.

Lawmakers are discussing options and trying to determine the best course to take to prevent the expected 14 billion dollar shortfall for the 2014 fiscal year. While raising gas taxes, the source of revenue for this fund, has been considered, congress and the president are reluctant to do this.
This isn’t a simple problem as it doesn’t just have one root. Amongst the various roots that have created this problem are:

  • Gas taxes haven’t been raised in the last 20 years, even with inflation. The tax is charged “per gallon” not allowing for inflation.
  • Cars are becoming more fuel efficient, causing consumers to buy less gallons of gas.
  • Higher gasoline prices are causing people to drive less, also reducing their gasoline consumption.
  • Credits for hybrids and other more efficient cars are encouraging more people to shift to these vehicles which consume less fuel.
  • The fund being used for more than its original purposes, providing funding for a host of transportation projects that aren’t part of the federal highway system.

The additional transportation related projects which are diverting funds from the original purpose of the Highway Trust Fund include local transit, environmental mitigation, ferry boats, bicycle paths, and nature trails. None of these were included under the original charter of the fund, yet they account for a sizeable percent of the fund’s total expenditures. Transit alone received 17 percent of the funds in 2010, even though it is a local issue and not a federal one.

At the same time all this is happening, our interstate highway system is in need of major maintenance, with bridges crumbling and highways becoming potholed. Even so, politicians and government bureaucrats would rather spend taxpayer money on impressive new projects, rather than maintain the existing infrastructure, allowing roads and bridges to decay.

While the problem is serious, it isn’t without a solution; even a solution that doesn’t require raising taxes. However, this would require that the government take some drastic steps to maintain and even reduce federal highway costs; something that politicians are reluctant to do.
Nevertheless, a number of practical steps have been proposed to make it possible to keep the fund from going bankrupt, while keeping congress from having to bail it out. These steps include:

  • Limiting spending to available revenues.
  • Ending cash transfers from the general fund to the HTF.
  • Phasing out programs that are locally or regionally based.
  • Limit funding to programs that improve mobility, safety, and relieve traffic congestion.
  • Force state and local governments to pay for local and regional projects, without federal assistance.

While these measures may not be popular, they are necessary to prevent the fund from falling short in 2014. Even though congress could bail out the fund once again, that would merely be a stop-gap measure, not a solution. Raising taxes would help, but America is already screaming about excessive taxes. Increasing gas taxes would not be a popular solution.

SALE Booster for Indian Real Estate – 3D VISUALIZATION

SALE Booster for Indian Real Estate – 3D VISUALIZATION

SALE Booster for Indian Real Estate – 3D VISUALIZATION

Despite of the festive season in India , the real estate market in India still seems not to be attracting potential buyers for commercial and residential properties , as it was expected earlier that this festive season will be the booster for sales in real estate market , the buyers somehow don’t seem to take much interest in real estate industry.

What can be done to make Real Estate Market more attractive?

“The world is moving towards new age marketing, where referrals, word-of-mouth and visualization  are becoming very critical for brand building and sustaining growth.This is reason why digital and social media are extremely relevant for real estate marketers, as they help them engage with prospective buyers and build confidence in their brand.Realty firms spend about ₹2,500 crore every year on publicity across different media and digital marketing accounts” and the next step in digital marketing is towards 3D visualization and rendering.

Industry watchers say that the shift to digital media is also helping developers cut costs by 10-15 per cent and compared with traditional marketing, which was either through newspaper advertisements or billboards, digital advertisements are far cheaper and have a longer shelf life.

What do we need 3D Rendering and Visualization ?

Architectural 3D Visualizationis proven best tool of property marketing even before you built up anything, Expert 3D Designers has the skill of 3D visualization which convert your imagination in the form of 3D walk through and Rendering Design. Real Estate Developers and Real Estate Agents-Brokers can not only use 3D architectural visualization to promote their projects but it provides support in various execution phases of a project. Some uses that 3D architectural Visualization and rendering can be put to are following

  •  As Property Marketing Tool – Architectural 3D Walkthrough Presentation and 3D Rendering Image work perfectly because you can use this tool online also. You can spread you Architectural 3D Presentation via CD-DVD and online through Email. You can upload your 3D presentation on Video Sharing website like youtube ,metacafe and many other video submission websites. This would be the best way to attract your potential property buyers.​
  • To have an Architectural 3D Presentation – It would be among Interior 3D Presentation and Exterior 3D Presentation or Both, you just need to provide some basic information to rendering studio which is going to provide the 3D Presentation like.
  •  For Interior 3D Design-  you will be required to send Interior details like Texture, Colors, and few Photographs of Furniture, along with Floor Plan of the Building and few other required things.

For Exterior 3D Design :you be will require to send the photographs of surroundings, Site Plan and Elevation, the Structure of the Building etc.

Except the Interior 3D Design and Exterior 3D Design there are more property marketing tools.

1. Architectural 3D Rendering (Interior / Exterior )

2. Architectural illustrations

3. Architectural 3D Walkthrough (3D Presentation – Includes Interior-Exterior)

4. Architectural 3D Flythrough (3D Presentation which Includes Overview of the Property Exterior)

5. 3D Floor Plan

6. Photomontage & Mood shots

Reference Geoshot for know more then contact us.

Architect as extrovert

Architect as extrovert

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Many new architecture firms get founded by a duo of architects with a complimentary skill set.  They call one the “Practice Partner,” whose job it is to run the business and court new clients.  The other is called the “Professional Partner,” whose job it is to actually do the architecture.

Presumably, the Practice Partner has people skills because she must deal with personnel issues within the office and sell the firm to clients.  Presumably, the Professional Partner, therefore, doesn’t.  He keeps his bottom in the seat and his head bent over the drawings and/or computer screen.  He talks to the clients once they’ve been hooked, for the purposes of figuring out what they want, but isn’t expected to be an extrovert.

One thing that surprised me the most about the real-life practice of architecture is that, in fact, it does require us to be extroverts.  Throw out your stereotypes about the wimpy architect in the bow tie, or the broody artistic architect in his lair!  If you are to be good at architect, you must learn to seek people out and talk to them.

It’s due to one simple fact: Modern buildings are too complex for the architect to do it all.  We are not the artist/master-builder anymore. We are now the nexus of a network of people, and the one who must tap all those people at just the right time.

It turns out, the security consultant isn’t going to call you up when it’s time for his input.  You have to seek him out.

It turns out that when two other team members aren’t getting along, they aren’t going to inform you.  They’ll just stop working.  You won’t even realize it until a week or two have gone by without movement on an issue unless you are proactively calling people and asking for updates.

In previous firms, I frequently heard what can only be described as belly-aching.  Whining about how the client isn’t doing this or that.  The mechanical engineer isn’t responsive.  Or my favorite: Some variation of, “I don’t know what I’m supposed to be doing.  I don’t even know what the chain of command is in my project.”  Believe it or not, I even had a colleague who sat two desks from his boss and complains bitterly that his boss hasn’t bothered to give him a performance review in two years.

Wow.  You sat two desks away from him for two years and complained that he’s ignoring you?  This is not a problem I’ve ever had in my entire life.  That’s because I’m an extrovert.

Why am I known as the one person who can get an issue done when it’s languished in all over hands?  Because I’ll call everyone and his mother (read: assistant), twice a day, until it’s done.  Also, I’m more organized that most people.

Why do people ask me to deal with certain “difficult” consultants for them? Because I’m the one who will listen to *certain* people rant and yell about something, while filing my nails, and then when they are done I will tell them I absolutely know what they mean–yes, it’s totally ridiculous–and nonetheless I’m going to need that by Friday or all hell will break loose.

Why did I advance faster than my peers?  Because I ask questions all the time.  I’m not afraid to ask a dumb question because my self esteem is intact.

Don’t be afraid of people.  You can’t be afraid to pick up the phone first, and follow up with a well-written email.  For instance, I once had a colleague who was just terrified of the client.  He thinks his client is dishonest and sneaky, and just waiting for a reason to fire the firm.  He won’t ask any questions for fear of angering the client, so he cowers at his desk waiting for something to happen.

To contrast, my attitude is that if someone really is a sneaky, bad person, I’d rather it come to light sooner than later.  Usually, people aren’t bad; they’re busy and there’s been a misunderstanding.  But if they are bad, it’s better to waste less time in finding out.  So ask the tough questions.

To keep this messy network of people rolling toward the end goal, you have to:

  • Know every player and their idiosyncrasies
  • Never be afraid of anyone (at least fake it)
  • Know what you’re talking about
  • Ask the dumb questions
  • Get a headset because you’ll be on the phone all the live-long-day

This stuff is true in every phase of the project.  There is never a moment in architecture when you aren’t collaborating with other people, which means being brave enough to ask for what you need. Reference boiled architecture

 

GIS usage for Land Management in Oil and Gas industry

GIS usage for Land Management in Oil and Gas industry

GIS usage for Land Management in Oil and Gas industry :

GIS usage for Land Management in Oil and Gas industry

Many components of Oil & Gas industry require accurate maps for decision making. Landmen require maps in all aspects of their work. GIS applications in Land management help clients as well as Landowners. For land owners it is easy of visualize a rig location & clients can get immediate status reports on their work.

Information derived from the Data includes:

  • Geological Evaluation
  • Lease checks
  • Title summaries with Mineral Ownership
  • Lease Purchases
  • Unit Designations and Division Orders
  • Well Staking with Pad Site, Gathering Lines, and Lease Roads.

GIS captures, stores, analyzes, manages and presents data that is linked to a particular location.

Location Data can be in form of

  • Raster – Aerial Photos, Satellite imagery, scanned historic maps
  • Vector – Points (Fire Hydrants), Lines(Roads), Polygons or Areas(Tract Boundaries)

GIS functions are:

  • Centralized, easy callable, long term storage and retrievable of data and information
  • Can act as a model or planning tool for future development
  • Can find out by merging layers if there is an inadvertent construction planned in the area
  • Allows you to ask the map a question to get a Database answer. (E.g. Property owner?)
  • Allows you ask database a question to get the answer in Map format. (E.g. Lease expiration dates?)

GIS is rapidly becoming an applications platform that encompasses the entire lifecycle of the Petroleum sector. Since the arrival of GIS, ‘onscreen’ maps is almost like a real time document. All your adds, changes, and deletes are reflected in the onscreen maps. Reference Geoshot

Still wondering what is BIM and the benefit of BIM services?

Still wondering what is BIM and the benefit of BIM services?

Still wondering what is BIM and the benefit of BIM services?

Still wondering what is BIM and the benefit of BIM services?

BIM (building modeling information) is the much talked about topic these days in the AEC industry. You may get different definitions of BIM from various sources. While some people say BIM is a type of software, others say it is the 3D virtual model of buildings. According to some experts, it is nothing but collecting and organizing all building data into a structure database. In short, we can say BIM is all the above and sometimes some more. But, in simple sentence, BIM is the means by which everybody can understand a building through the use of a digital model.

BIM is a new way of approaching the design and documentation of construction projects.

  • Building: BIM consider the entire life-cycle of the building such as design, build and operations
  • Information: It includes all information about the building and its life-cycle
  • Modeling: BIM defines and stimulates the building, its operation using integrate tools and its delivery

BIM model, if explained in layman’s term, consists of the virtual equivalents of the actual building parts and pieces that are used to build a building. BIM elements have both the physical and logical characteristics of their real counterparts. In other words, BIM elements are the digital prototype of the physical building elements like columns, windows, walls, doors and stairs etc. These elements help us to understand its behavior in a computer environment way before the real construction work starts.

BIM can be called as an intelligent model-based process, as it helps you plan, design, construct and manage buildings and infrastructure more accurate and precise. BIM services enables the construction industry more innovative and competent by providing the right information at the right time. The construction industry is nowadays undergoing its very own digital revolution with the help of this unique way of working with BIM. But what is very important is that all team members should be working to the same standards as one another, as the complete benefit of BIM gets only from the combined efforts of people process and technology.

The users list several advantages of BIM services for various stages of a construction work such as scheduling, estimation, risk analysis, more collaborative process and effective facility management. With the help of BIM services, project parties can understand and review the design more easily, visualize and evaluate alternatives in terms of cost and other project parameters. As it gives the opportunity to find out solutions in advance prior to building the structure on site, the construction firm can ensure guarantee in accuracy and completeness. It also enhances communication between project parties.

Even though the use of BIM in engineering and construction is not new, its growth rate becomes clear, when you look at the increasing number of construction firms who use this new system. It is not only the number of project teams who adopt BIM, but the size of the average model has also increased over the past five years.

The advent of mobile technologies like iPhones/iPads etc. expands the accessibility of BIM to a wide area out of the close circle of professionals. Today, clients, operators and building owners get more and more access to BIM models through their mobile devices. Reference bimforum know more then contact us.

 

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Oil & Gas Pipeline GIS data models

Oil & Gas Pipeline GIS data models : 

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Importance of Data models

A pipeline data model is of significance to an organization. It is a representation of any organizations deployment of data. A standard data model is needed for the below reasons:

  • A data model is like a basic framework for a GIS to be built for pipelines.
  • A data model provides a structured design for the storage, maintenance and use of information.
  • Acts as an enabler to the software selection process. Provides a starting point for the organization.
  • Provides implementation strategies, proof of concept and best practices to the industry.
  • Provides interoperability between companies and better support to integration activities.

Pipeline data models in use:

PODS – Pipeline Open Data Model – provides Pipeline Operators a highly-scalable database architecture to integrate critical records and analysis data with geospatial location for each component of your pipeline system in a vendor-neutral platform.  

APDM – ArcGIS Pipeline Data Model – The ArcGIS Pipeline Data Model is designed for storing information pertaining to features and conditions found on or along gathering and transmission gas and/or liquid pipelines.

ISAT – The efforts to develop an industry-standard pipeline data model began in 1994 with the development of the Integrated Spatial Analysis Techniques (ISAT) pipeline data model project.ISAT was designed to be customizable and has been expanded for numerous clients to support data integration, field data collection, one-call, right-of-way, environmental, marketing, risk assessment, and pipeline integrity applications. Reference Geoshot for know more contact us.

Why Outsource Architecture 3D Modeling & Visualization?

Why Outsource Architecture 3D Modeling & Visualization?

Why Outsource Architecture 3D Modeling & Visualization?

Models created through 3D rendering reduce design cycle, minimize error and make construction process more efficient.

Benefits of Outsourcing Architecture 3D Modeling & Visualization: 

Save Money

Outsourcing 3D rendering and animation costs up to 60% less compared to having in-house facilities for the same

It’s Profitable

Less operational cost boosts profit margins

Superior Quality

Core competency of outsourcing partners in 3D rendering and animation assures better quality

Additional Resources 

You can treat outsourcing partners for 3D services as an extended arm of your organization

Consistency

Irrespective of the volume and complexity of work, outsourcing partners are better placed to complete the job well ahead of the schedule

Competitive Advantage

Cost and time advantage assures early market introduction and superior quality at low cost

No Training Cost

Outsourcing partner is responsible for recruiting and training experts for 3D rendering and animation services

Better Infrastructure and Tools

Offshore vendors offering dedicated 3D rendering and animation services have all required software, tools, and infrastructure to execute client projects

Whether you are a private home owner, architect, or developer, our team is ready to produce your project quickly, easily, and affordably, with the most beautiful, stunning image quality. We enable developers and builders to pre-sell their projects faster, by providing them with powerful marketing tools, renderings, and 3D animations. Reference Geoshot

3D Visualization changing the Real estate Market Dynamics

3D Visualization changing the Real estate Market Dynamics

3D Visualization changing the Real estate Market Dynamics :

3D Visualization changing the Real estate Market Dynamics

Nowadays the Indian Real estate business world is more characterized as being competitive, challenging and complex. We must consider three major competitive advantages which can help an organization to increase sales develop productivity and therefore competitiveness – price, quality and improved customer service.

Customer service can serve to increase your customer’s loyalty and to provide a customer with successful relationship management, it may not result in new customers. If a customer has never worked with a firm before, how will they know that you are able to provide them with excellent customer service? This leaves us with quality. And what would one good way for architecture, real estate, engineering, design and marketing industries to improve the quality of their services?

The answer would be 3D Visualization.

3D Visualization has changed the dynamics, planning and control of construction, developers and engineering industries for the better. By availing of 3D rendering services, engineering and construction companies can bring about huge improvements in efficiency, efficacy and in reducing costs and time. Solid modeling shortens design cycles, streamlines manufacturing processes and accelerates product introductions and its presence on the market which is very much beneficial in Indian real estate market where you need to hit the costumers at the right time and with the right marketing material.

In architecture, real estate and design industries, 3D views offer architects and planners to view the construction and interiors even before a single brick is laid. The result is dramatically lower costs since costly changes do not have to be made at the construction stage. Clients of building projects can also get to view how such projects may look like before investing in them. What’s more, 3D rendering can be published online, making them available to a wide range of customers across the world.

Finally with advertising, marketing, graphic and web designer companies the ultimate purpose of 3D visualization is either to help advertise their own business or to help advertise their customers’ business.

It is our opinion that the main 3D rendering customers (by other words, the main industries which could benefit from 3D visualization, as 3D renderings improve the quality of their services and products) are:

·         Contractors

·         Property Developers

·         Engineers

·         Builders

·         Architects

·         Designers

·         Real Estate agents

·         Advertising Agencies

·         Graphic or web designers