BIM modeling services hold up great potential to solve some recurring issues that come up at the construction site. By having a well-thought BIM strategy, UX/UI implementation in the drawings and early Construction Management input, costs are reduced significantly and RFI count is narrowed down. Find out how in this article.
The way work is done in the Construction Industry does not leave much space for innovation. Right now, we live in a time where digital trends are the norm. Nevertheless, the process to take a building from drawings to construction remains almost the same: 2D drawings.
However, this is not a breakthrough. It is relatively easy only to complain about it. The actual challenge is to work on fixing the reason why it is hard to improve anything.
BIM modeling services are certainly part of the answer. Which is the best analysis model design service to make the process more efficient? Those who lay on the “information” that BIM makes available. Not those that end up using building information modeling to produce the same 2D representations.
We are a 17-year AEC firm specialized in Production and Delivery. We have seen through the years the same problems between projects’ documentation and the construction phases.
Project Design teams have always led Design-driven processes that make it so hard to correlate with construction project team members. The situation is calling for a different project delivery method.
The 4 main Construction Project Management issues
1. Holes in Documentation
These holes are often overlooked or not fully coordinated in traditional 2D documentation. Drawings are not always faithful and exact reproductions of what a building would be in the construction site. Although it has a considerable impact on the project’s final cost estimates, general contractors are used to it.
By constructing the buildings digitally, our Construction Digital Prototype® helps identify holes in drawings before they are seen in the field.
It also produces immediate coordination between all disciplines. The Construction Digital Prototype® is a technical precise model (and not a design model).
2. Lack of construction experience at early stages
There is an existent lack of knowledge on the production team due to tech-savvy youth. They are now responsible for creating the BIM models with little o no knowledge of how the building is constructed. This makes it much harder for both teams to be on the same page and avoid unnecessary expenses.
By bringing a Construction Manager on the staff you can provide team knowledge, project oversight, and constructability reviews.
3. Drawings are Old-Fashioned right now
Drawings are outdated compared to the technological standards of the industries around that support architecture. There is a poor interface for the contractor building the project and for the facility maintenance managing the upkeep. There is too much information and the operability is not fit for those who are meant to read it.
With a software team in the company, it is possible to join efforts with UX/UI designers. This improves the usability of drawings and a better understanding of the end-user construction crews’ needs on the construction site.
4. Too much and hard to manage information
A great load of information to process supposes a complex task. And that information needs to be accessed fast and straightforward.
Working in cloud-based formats, technology (tools like Frank Management, Procore, etc) provides the means to streamline information management. This is merged with drawings to provide faster and cleaner access to communications. Yet, they remain in a centralized repository for project control.
How to work around these construction issues
Our response to the issues mentioned above is summed up in our Construction Digital Prototype execution. We utilize this approach from the Detail Design stage to Construction Administration.
But… what it is exactly the Construction Digital Prototype? To put it simply, it is a methodology that takes advantage of the best of BIM and mixes up with technology. This meaning Project Delivery Management platforms, UX/UI principles and Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality.
The result is an enhanced way to conceive a project from concept design to facility operation.
The Construction Digital Prototype® is a database for construction, technically correct and embedded with product specification knowledge and approved shop drawings.
How does the Construction Digital Prototype Works?
As part of the construction methods, the production job begins when architects provide a finalized and approved Schematic Design package. This package must comply with all applicable regulations.
This procedure works best if it is implemented since day one. And that way, it helps you set the foundations right and line up team expectations. The set of rules are clarified since the beginning. So, there are no questions down the road on the quality standards agreed on upfront.
Furthermore, if it starts at day one of the Design Development phases, there is no doubling of work needed. As part of the process, BIM 3D models are reviewed from the Schematic Design phase, if there were some. A review of the models’ health is reviewed too. This determines if a model can be salvaged or a new one must be created.
Having a Construction Manager, early as the Design Development stage, significantly reduces the RFI quantities. This is due to better-coordinated plans and fluent communication.
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