Upcoming Webcast: From Paper to Cloud: A Lean Construction Case Study Featuring Whiting-Turner

Upcoming Webcast: From Paper to Cloud: A Lean Construction Case Study Featuring Whiting-Turner


Making the step to deploying Lean for your production planning process is a major undertaking. Once you have made the transition to leveraging the Last Planner methodology to manage the tasks, commitments and dependencies during your planning meetings, you need an efficient way to capture, manage, visualize and collaborate against the data you collect. While spread sheets and sticky notes are the current standard, cloud and mobile technology like BIM 360 Plan reduce the manual data entry process while automatically collecting and articulating productivity reports for process improvement.

Join PhoenixEOS, BIM and Autodesk Lean Construction Specialist, Project Manager at PhoenixEOS, to learn about their journey to improve their production planning process. You’ll hear how they were able to:

  • Replace traditional reactive scheduling methods with a proactive one that is supported by the agility of robust software and daily check-ins.
  • Integrate the master schedule and production management processes.
  • Create a collaborative planning environment.
  • Use metrics and standard processes to drive continuous improvement and accountability. Reference Upcoming Webcast: From Paper to Cloud: A Lean Construction Case Study Featuring Whiting-Turner by Julie Jacobson.

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Formit – Conceptual BIM

Formit – Conceptual BIM

I recently watched a video on Autodesk University Online called AB6516: Take a Deep Dive into Conceptual BIM. This was a good over view of what Formit can do. This was a round table discussion class taught by Tom Vollaro, Sean Burke, Ryan Cameron, and Anthony Caputo. In their presentation they did a great job explaining how they use Formit on a daily basis. I though the presentation was short, but it showed a lot. On a side note I like how AU Online has changed this year. I really hope it sticks. It looks like you can now watch any of the video, and you only need an AU account to download the handouts, or to download the video. Yes I said download the Video this years it looks like they gave us back the ability to download videos yeah.

Formit - Conceptual BIM

Formit is a conceptual modeler much like Sketchup. Biggest difference is that it was initially designed for the iPad, they have since come out with a Android and Web version. (I wish they had a Windows tablet version that could be used like the iPad, and Android versions.) Another difference is that it creates native Revit files. There is a workflow to bring Revit files back into Formit but that seems really convoluted. To use take a Revit file back into Formit you will need theRevit to Formit converter tool, the problem with this add-in it’s for Revit 2015 not 2016. (Autodesk has been really slow this year in updating their Add-in for Revit)

Formit - Conceptual BIM

I first learned about Formit 2 years ago, and it has evolved a lot since then. At the time I was looking for a way to do Sketch up on my iPad, and this was the solution. Since then Autodesk has added some energy analysis tools. Now like Sketch up there is a paid and free version, the free version gives me every thing I need, but the paid version gives the ability to do the energy analysis, and some collaboration tools. (One thing that would be nice would be to role Formit into the Building Design Suite.). Reference Formit – Conceptual BIM by Mathew Miller.

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Autodesk 3ds team looking for Revit Users interested or using 3ds Max Design for visualizing Projects!

Autodesk 3ds team looking for Revit Users interested or using 3ds Max Design for visualizing Projects!

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Autodesk M&E 3ds Max Gunslinger summit is a design-focused participatory event in Montreal (Canada) between our users and members of the Autodesk 3ds Max product management, development and design teams. The event is comprised of a series of workshops, design reviews, validation discussions, design charrettes, and more.

3ds Max and 3ds Max Design tools and technology have been used by visualization experts to tell the story of a design in dynamic presentations and won many awards in the entertainment industry.   Clients consistently respond to exploring their project or product in context, within their existing surroundings and bustling with life.  They, and other stakeholders, also find that video helps them understand complex information about the design.   This could be anything from construction logistics, complex function (such as a sliding roof), the impact of design options, or visualization of traffic, weather, stress, airflow and energy.    Cinematic storytelling techniques can convincingly evoke emotions and convey these messages with style.   Unfortunately, in the past, you’d need a large budget to deliver presentations that include these elements.   There are many ways to solve these issues but your feedback is essential.  This is why we’d like to meet with you in person.

We are looking to locate people who would be interested or available in attending.   The Gunslinger is by invitation only as we can only accommodate so many, and other than travel, all shuttles, hotel, and meals are included by Autodesk.   The meeting would be 4 days, Sept 16-19.    It is an opportunity to meet our team and influence tools that could help you improve the way you communicate your designs.  

If you are interested in the Gunslinger please let us know by completing a short survey.  We will then be reviewing the submissions for selecting users but if you are unable to attend this specific Gunslinger but are interested in future events please do fill out the survey. Reference by  David Light.

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Proven Benefits from CPM Scheduling

Proven Benefits from CPM Scheduling

Critical Path Method (CPM) Scheduling has been in use in construction for a number of years, although not everyone uses it. However, there are a wide range of benefits to using CPM Scheduling; benefits that can make any construction project run smoother.

While CPM scheduling may not have wide acceptance in construction, project managers in other fields have used it for years. The time taken to determine the critical path and develop the schedule around it is seen as time well spent, speeding the project towards completion, with less problems.

Any project has a critical path, whether you think of it or not. These are the list of tasks that have to be started and completed on time, in order for the project to be completed on time. Other tasks may have some leeway in the schedule, but not these. In many cases, you may actually be looking at that critical path and planning your work load around it in your head, without doing so formally.

So, what are the benefits of taking to time to do a critical path analysis and define the critical path for a project?

  • It helps define the minimum total project duration in a logical manner.
  • It helps the project manager define actual start dates for each subcontractor and phase of the project, providing more accurate scheduling information. This in turn helps prevent delays.  By determining the relationships between different tasks, it is easier to ensure that they are properly scheduled for maximum effectiveness and minimum delay.
  • Determines what float or lag time exists on parts of the project. Knowing that allows some flexibility in scheduling and prevents wasting time on fixing a scheduling problem that doesn’t exist (fighting a problem that the lag time eliminates).
  • Helps the project management team know where to focus their efforts, by knowing which tasks are critical to the overall project.
  • Identifies which tasks can be run in parallel with each other, without causing problems.
  • Helps identify which tasks are dependent upon each other, so that it is easier to determine the impact of problems.
  • Provides a clear project schedule, so that the project management team can know at any point in time how they are doing in comparison to the overall schedule.
  • Demonstrates is there are multiple critical paths, or if the critical path has changed due to a task being completed early.
  • By developing a long-range plan through CPM everyone involved in the project has a better understanding of where their part fits into the overall schedule.
  • Helps reduce waste by providing the ability to schedule more economically.

As you can see, there is an extensive list of advantages of using CPM. There are a number of software programs which have been created to make the CPM process easier. You can also define it in any project management software package, which will print a PERT chart (CPM map) and also define it on the GANTT chart. Reference viatechnik for more information about our services click here.

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Curtain Wall Mullion Types

Curtain Wall Mullion Types

This blog entry will focus on the different Curtain Wall Mullion Types we have access to in the default Revit program. Additional to the Rectangular and Circular curtain wall mullions, we also have access to different types of Corner mullions, namely:

– L Corner Mullion
– Quad Corner Mullion
– Trapezoid Corner Mullion
– V Corner Mullion

curtain wall mullions


I have created a very simple greenhouse using sloped glazing for the roof. V Corner Mullions were applied to the roof ridges.

greenhouse using sloped glazing for the roof


As always, one tends to get diverted when playing around with Revit. I aimed to create a very short introduction to the different types of mullions, and ended up adding parametric open able curtain panel windows, pots and planting. Such is life.

curtain panel windows, pots and planting



curtain panel windows, pots and planting

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Modern Architectural Wonders: Mesmerizing Globally Minded Tourists

Modern Architectural Wonders: Mesmerizing Globally Minded Tourists

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Every era has its own style and ideology which are reflected onto the architecture developed and designed in that era. Phoenix Engineering Outsourcing Services (PhoenixEOS) discovers seven iconic modern architectures which beguile tourists around the world.

Cities and Thrones and Powers, Stand in Time’s eye…” – Rudyard Kipling

Time flows on without any stop. “The old order changeth, yielding place to new.” The great cities like Mohenjo-Daro, Indraprastha, Babylon, and the great architectural building like the Pentagon (the world’s largest office building by floor area), World Trade Centre (the twin 110-story towers), are all gone, and new cities and architecture are growing up in their stead. With the passing of time, the concept and patterns of architectural industry is rapidly changing. Every era has its own style and ideology which are reflected onto the architecture developed and designed in that era. When the world moved into the 21st century, architecture industry reached new heights. With dramatic innovations in engineering and technology, the modern era is witnessing growing numbers of skyscrapers and wonderful architectures around the world. Phoenix Engineering Outsourcing Services (PhoenixEOS) discovers seven iconic modern architectures which beguile tourists around the world.

Drivers of the Change

During the Middle Ages, architects and engineers realized the possibility of constructing building with dazzling height. But, poor technology could not transform their imaginative ideas into reality. The continuous advancements in technology and software in modern era are transferring their long-desired visions into reality. Dramatic improvements in window systems and photovoltaic system have made architects and designers to build “Net Zero Energy” buildings with spectacular heights. 3D-4D Building Information Modeling has brought a paradigm shift in the AEC industry. It helps not only to design a home building, but provides an end-to-end construction process, addressing the constructability, coordinating the process, and identifying clashes much before the actual construction begins. The drivers of changes are the followings:

(1) Economic Development
(2) Advancement in Technology and Engineering
(3) Connotation of Pride and Achievement
(4) Stiff Competition
(5) The Skyscraper Race
(6) Sign of Power
(7) Creativity of Modern Architects

Burj Khalifa (Burj Dubai): An Ambitious Move

modern architectural wonders burj dubai

Formerly known as Burj Dubai, the tallest building in the world with incredible height of 828 m (2,717 ft), Burj Khalifa is a part of the 2 km2 flagship development called “Downtown Burj Khalifa”. Adrian Smith of Skidmore designed the building, while Bill Baker engineered the project. George Efstathiou was the Chief Architect for the project. The architecture and engineering tasks were completed by Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill (SOM) of Chicago. The building was built by South Korean company Samsung C&T, along with the Belgian group Besix and Arabtec from the UAE. The gigantic and multibillion-dollar skyscraper, Burj Dubai possessed World’s longest-traveling elevator measuring of 1,640 feet, traveled in two minutes unbelievably. Containing 5 million square feet of floor space, Burj Dubai is built on a “Y” footprint with three wings, each buttressing the others. At the center remains a six-sided concrete hub tying it all together. The outside temperature at the top floor can be as much as 15 degrees cooler than at ground level. If you want to cool off yourself during the scorching summer days in Dubai, book your flight and fly to Burj Dubai.

Sydney Opera House: A Symbol of Creativity and Innovation

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Sydney Opera House is “one of the great iconic buildings of the 20th century”. A great urban sculpture set in a remarkable waterscape, Sydney Opera House is a prominent multi-venue performing arts centre at the tip of a peninsula projecting into Sydney Harbour. Designed by the Pritzker Prize (2003) winner Danish architect Jorn Utzon, Sydney Opera house comprises three groups of interlocking vaulted ‘shells’ which roof two main performance halls and a restaurant. As one of the busiest performing arts centers in the world, it provides over 1,500 artistic and cultural performances for all ages from the educational to the experimental attended by near about 1.2 million annually. It is one of the most popular visitor attractions in Australia, attracting more than 7 million tourist pilgrimages each year. The Opera House which was originally estimated to be completed on 26th January, 1963 was formally completed in 1973, thus being ten years late and surpassing the estimated budget by more than fourteen times.

The Crystal: The Dawn of the Crystal Age

modern architectural wonders the crystal

With an aim to highlight the Royal Ontario Museum’s (ROM) role as a Toronto focal point, the $270 million controversial renovation project Michael Lee-Chin Crystal marked the beginning of a new chapter for Toronto while it was formally opened on 2nd June, 2007. Polish-born U.S. Architect Daniel Libeskind put his thought onto the paper while attending a family wedding at the Royal Ontario Museum. Met with both scorn and adoration, the Crystal comprises five interlocking, self-supporting prismatic structures that interface with, but are not attached to, the original ROM. 25 percent of the exterior of the building is covered with glass and the rest 75 percent is covered with extruded-brushed, aluminum cladding strips in a warm silver color. Exquisitely designed steel beams ranging from 1 to 25 meters in length are placed one by one to their specific angle, creating complex angle joints and sloped walls. 

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao: Changing the Concept about Museum

modern architectural wonders guggenheim museum

Designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry, built by Ferrovial, and located in Bilbao, Spain, The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is one of the world’s most spectacular buildings in the style of Deconstructivism. Computer simulations technology played an important role while structuring the building, making it feasible to develop shapes and blocks. Computer Aided Three Dimensional Interactive Application (CATIA) and 3D visualization helped the architectural designers and constructors to identify spatial problems and design conflict at the early stages of design and development. Every part of the building reflects the Gehry style. Situated upon the Nervion River and resembled like a Ship, the Guggenheim Museum challenges our assumptions about the connection between art, architecture and collecting. Most interestingly, this is one of the rare buildings which were constructed on time and budget. With close to ninety exhibitions and over ten million visitors to its credit, the museum has changed the way the world thinks about museums.

The Cumulus: Experience the Technology 

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According to the designer Juergen H Mayer, “Communicating between ground and sky, the Danfoss Project can be seen as landscape formations”. A new addition to the 5.5 hectar science museum park Danfoss Universe, the Cumulus is a spectacular building, having irregular cloud-like roofscape, curves and angles. It appears as a bite taken out of a cloud. The interior of the building is designed in black and white, with the exception of stairs and exhibition props which are covered with red cushions. The Cumulus opening exhibition “Bitland” offers visitors of all ages the chance to experience the latest digital technology. Interaction is visualized via two large projection walls. At Cumulus, you can play with technology, fight a big robot and create your own animation movie.

Petronas Twin Towers: The Towers that Inspire

modern architectural wonders petronas twin towers

Designed by Argentine architect César Pelli, the 88-floor Petronas Towers were the tallest buildings (1998 to 2004) in the world until Taipei 101 was completed in 2004. However, the twin towers are still the tallest building in the world. Due to the huge cost of importing steel, the towers were constructed on a cheaper radical design of high-strength reinforced concrete, with a steel and glass façade designed to resemble motifs found in Islamic art. The Tower 1 was built by a Japanese consortium led by the Hazama Corporation while Tower 2 was built by South Korean contractors Samsung C&T and Kukdong Engineering & Construction. While Tower 1 is fully occupied by Petronas and a number of its subsidiaries, Tower 2 is occupied by number of famous companies including Accenture, Boeing, IBM, McKinsey & Co, TCS, HCL Technologies, Microsoft, Reuters, and etc.

Empire State Building: Enlightening the World with Light

modern architectural wonders empire state building

One of the most striking attractions of the Empire State Building is its frequently changing lighting systems atop the building. As a focal point for displays, important incidents, and promotions, the Tower Lights just might surprise you with how often they change! Secondly, the building was the center of a skyscraper race between Walter Chrysler (Chrysler Corp) and John Jakob Raskob (General Motors) to see who could build the tallest building first. The Empire State Building, named after the nick name of New York – ‘The Empire State’, is a 102-story landmark in New York City. It stood as the world’s tallest building (1,250 feet) from 1931 to 1973 until the construction of the World Trade Center’s North Tower was completed in 1972. The building was designed by William F. Lamb from Shreve, Lamb and Harmon, which develop the building drawings in two weeks. It took only one year and 45 days to complete the masonry, significantly ahead of schedule and under budget. Built during the Great Depression, the cost of the building was only $40,948,900 including the cost of land (much lesser than the $50 million estimated tag). Reference architectural evangelist.

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7 things your boss expects you know about BIM Solutions!

7 things your boss expects you know about BIM Solutions!

7 things your boss expects you know about BIM Solutions!
7 things your boss expects you know about BIM Solutions!

Building information modeling (BIM), more than a technology, is a system that applies to all aspect of construction industry like plan, design, the estimating, the supply of chain, the delivery of goods during the build, the resource allocation and the productivity requirements etc.

BIM solutions have several uses and benefits and it is visible mainly in its potential to reduce rework like re-keying information into models or making changes in the field. As BIM solutions make the users more proficient, the productivity is improved significantly. Here are describing some of the important benefits of building information modeling (BIM) that will tell you how BIM can save your time and budget for building and infrastructure projects.

  1. BIM enhances collaboration for better outcomes

As BIM solutions enables all project partners including different design disciplines, contractor, specialists, suppliers and the customers to use a single shared 3D model, everybody will focus on achieving best value from project inception to final decommissioning. Models make sharing and collaborating easier than drawing sets do. It is because a lot of functions are possible only through a digital workflow.

  1. BIM improves performance

Swift and accurate comparison of various design options are possible with the help of BIM. It will result in development of more efficient, sustainable and cost-effective solutions.

  1. BIM solutions enables predictability

This is the most important benefit of BIM. BIM gives the operators and owners of the building a clear idea of design content before the work starts by visualizing the projects at an early stage. So, they can make any modification and change in the design in advance of construction and can achieve the outcomes they want.

  1. BIM creates virtual model

BIM enables the project team to build the project in a virtual environment. It includes rehearsing complex procedures, planning procurement materials, equipment and man power and optimizing temporary works.

  1. BIM minimizes safety risk

The 3D model provided BIM technology enhances operational safety. As BIM helps review complex details or procedures before going on site, contractors can reduce the risks that may occur in construction stage.

  1. BIM solutions reduces waste

Exact quantity take-offs is one of the important aspect of a construction work that will substantially reduce the waste and avoid the nonessential expenditure. Exact quantity take-of means the delivery of correct quantity of materials and equipment at correct time. BIM ensures just-in-time delivery of exact quantity of materials that will minimize the possibility for damage. It save the time and money of the customer.

  1. BIM resolves conflict

The BIM toolset can help automate clash detection of elements like ductwork or electrical conduit that run into a beam. As it models all such things first, we can discover the clashes at early stage and it will reduce the costly on-site clashes. The model also ensures a perfect fit of elements, which are manufactures off-site. So these components can easily be bolted into place than created on-site.

In short, with building information modeling, the designers can have all of the input complied and shared in a model, as it incorporates graphic, physical, commercial, environmental and operational data. That is why this new technology is now implied not only in buildings, but across oil and gas, transport, power, water and industry sectors etc. Reference Excelize.

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California High Speed Rail – A Glimpse of the Future

California’s High Speed Rail project is being touted as “the Project of the Century” and with good reason. This project has its share of engineering challenges, including tunneling as much as 500 feet underground and spanning gorges 300 feet above the ground. Even so, the biggest challenge that engineers have to take into consideration is the fact that the “Bullet train” is going to have to cross seven fault lines.

California High Speed Rail
Zip from San Francisco to Los Angeles

Japan has successfully operated high speed rail lines across faults for many years, so this isn’t without precedent. That means that many of the engineering challenges have already been dealt with, allowing the engineers to concentrate on design, rather than having to invent new technology to go forward.

Nevertheless, this will be the first of a new wave of high-speed rail systems built in the United States. The bullet trains and their tracks are being designed to sustain speeds as high as 220 miles per hour in some parts; much higher than current American high speed rail systems in use.

This system is being seen as a portent of new things to come. As transportation needs for our growing population increase, racing neck and neck with environmental concerns, the need for new systems is paramount. It is interesting that the solution may be something right out of our own history.

Rail transportation was a major part of the westward expansion of the United States, settling territories on the frontier. As rail lines moved westward, eventually completing the first transcontinental rail line in 1869, the lands alongside the tracks were the first that became heavily settled. Many western towns were abandoned, simply because the tracks passed them by, choosing instead to bring service to another town, closer to their intended route.

In those early days, rail transportation was used for everything from carrying cows eastward to the slaughterhouses, to carrying Uncle Joe’s coffin home for burial. Yet for years, our nation’s rails have been relegated to providing bulk carrier service at relatively slow speeds.

With this project, the revitalization of rail transport may very well be beginning. Rail is extremely efficient once the tracks are laid. The energy used per passenger or per pound of cargo is much lower than other common means of transport. That’s clearly demonstrated by the number of trucking firms which use rail for long-distance transit, loading their trailers onto flatcars for moving them over long distances.

While the initial investment for creating the high speed rail system is enormous, much of that is offset by reducing the necessary investment in other transportation infrastructure. Without the California high speed rail system and others, a similar amount of money will have to be invested in the creation of new highways and airports. Considering the age and condition of much of our transportation infrastructure, taking some of the load off of it clearly makes sense.

Much hangs in the balance as this project goes forward. Its success could provide the impetus for many other similar projects, especially in high-population areas. If so, transportation in the future could look much like it did in the past, except with sleeker lines and much higher speeds. Reference viatachnik for more information about our services click here.

North Dakota Fracking Creates a Construction Boom

The sleepy little town of Williston, in the Northwest corner of North Dakota has become a boom-town. No longer is this community a center for the local farmers, it’s become overrun by the newest mining rush in the country. As oil companies rush to get in on the fracking boom, this community is struggling to keep up with the needs. Thousands of new workers have flooded the area, needing housing, meals, services and someplace to spend their hard-earned money.

Fracking is a relatively new development in oil exploration and production, useful for extracting oil from much deeper than conventional drilling methods allow. In fracking, salt water mixed with chemicals and sand is pumped into the ground, causing fractures that allow the oil to come closer to the surface where it can be pumped out. Many times, the overburden causes the oil to be at such high pressure, that no pumping is required.

While controversial, fracking has opened the way to recover oil in North Dakota from the Bakken formation; an oil-bearing shale formation, two miles below the surface. There are currently 150 oil companies working in the region, producing 660,000 barrels of petroleum per day.

All of this work and the massive influx of workers needed to accomplish it has created incredible stress on the local economy and infrastructure. At the start of the boom, workers were sleeping in their trucks, because there was literally no room at the inn. While there is still much to do, construction workers have done much to alleviate the crowding, building temporary dwellings, businesses, infrastructure and even expanding the local school.

The community of Williston is struggling to keep up with the needs and the growth. When the town was built, nobody expected its population to triple in such a short time. Trucks rumbling up and down Main Street all day, every day show how much this town has grown. The two-lane road, along with everything else, needs to grow to meet the needs of the oil fields.

While oil production is temporary, it appears that the boom from this oil rush will last about 25 years. That’s too long to just put in temporary services, so the local economy is reacting, building apartment buildings, increasing the size of stores and opening new businesses as fast as construction crews can work. The town is growing rapidly, and nobody knows where it will end.

One of the struggles facing construction companies and developers is deciding how to build. In the world of construction, 25 years is a fairly short lifespan for any building. Yet, once the boom is over, this North Dakota community will probably go back to being a sleepy farm community. Building structures that are intended to last, will only ensure a lot of empty buildings, when the influx of workers moves on to someplace else.

Regardless of what ultimately happens, the oil boom has done wonders for North Dakota’s economy and unemployment rate. Tax money gleaned from this boom has brought the state out of debt. Legislation has been presented to share a larger percentage of that money with the local communities affected by the boom, allowing them to increase their infrastructure. So, over the long-haul, this is going to be good for the communities in Northwest North Dakota. Reference Viatechnik.

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Building information modelling bim and virtual construction

Building information modelling bim and virtual construction

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We have been hearing the term Building information Modelling (BIM) for around 20 years. The concept of digital and spatial representation of buildings has also been around more than that. Over this time, lots of variation and perversion has been occurred to the term BIM.

“BIM in itself is a revolution in the construction industry.”

Building information modelling (BIM) is the procedure of generating and managing building data for the entire lifecycle of a facility. The three-dimensional, real-time, dynamic building modelling software used in BIM can decrease the wastage of time and resources in the process of designing and constructing a structure. BIM provides virtual information model that can be handed over from design team to contractor and subcontractors and then to the owner and it benefits the overall project schedule. BIM helps build a project virtually prior the construction starts and it is known as virtual construction.

First of all, virtual construction is not a synonym of building information modelling and they should not be used interchangeably. Virtual construction technologies can deliver projects ahead of schedule and within the budget. It is helpful for planning, coordination and communication on civil infrastructure, commercial and heavy industrial buildings construction projects. It is sure that if a project is designed and constructed in a collaborative environment using BIM, it can really save time and costs on site.

Earlier, the speed of communication was inhibited due to limited forms of media. Fast communication, obviously often seeks to transfer risk from one member to another of the team, instead of addressing it head-on.

As 3D modelling improves site coordination, this risk is dramatically eliminated altogether. BIM can compile all project information in a universally understandable way. When the clarity and speed is improved, it will automatically reduce estimating time, which will result in higher quality.

Building information modelling bim and virtual construction

Objectives of various BIM stages

  1. Constructability analysis: With virtual construction and BIM modelling
  2. Coordination of Building Components: with clash detection and virtual coordination
  3. Extraction of quantities: with BIM model components
  4. Construction sequence simulation: By connecting construction schedule with model components

The benefits of 3D models by BIM are several. The data contained in each element in the model may appear to be just one small piece. But it is very necessary to complete the larger puzzle of the construction project. Moreover, everybody involved in the project can easily understand the exact quantities and quality of the entire project. That means, the team members do not have to sift through pages upon pages of drawings for several weeks to extract information. It will happen in a few moments.

Difference between Building information modelling bim and virtual construction:

As per expert’s BIM is implemented under the entire project life cycle from Planning, Designing, Construction and Operation but specifically under Architectural Building project types. On the contrary, VDC (Virtual Design & Construction) is implemented under designing and construction phase under different project types from architectural building, urban development, infrastructure development, etc.

In short, BIM covers all phases of a building life cycle horizontally. Even though virtual construction covers just two phases, it reaches multiple markets and project types vertically.