BIM 4D Scheduling and Construction Sequencing – Enabling Efficient Project Execution

Mar 16, 2015 -- 4D Building information modeling, is widely accepted and used across the AEC industry. The adoption rate of BIM 4D scheduling/construction sequencing is high and it has gained widespread acceptance across the globe. This is due to the benefits it provides and because the industry has experienced the huge potential of 4D BIM in introducing better management and articulating better outcomes.

So what makes adoption of BIM 4D so popular and a high value proposition? Here we discuss a few benefits and reasons…

  • Understand Building Process and Make Work Flow Improvements

4D simulations help contractors see the construction process step by step and also see how much time needs to be allocated for each step. This enables contractors optimize their resources, and make work flow improvements so that everything is well organized and the construction process gets executed in the best possible manner.

  • Improve Coordination and Clash Detection Capabilities

3D BIM contains MEP, structural and architectural information, further as the construction process is simulated it is easy to spot any clashes or conflicts between the disciplines. As clashes are spotted and mitigated, there are very less chances of conflicts and clashes arising during the actual construction process on site. Thus, a lot of costs involved in rework and amending changes during the construction phase can be saved.

  • Enable Lean Construction

Lean is IN, and is not just limited to manufacturing. Construction industry has realized the importance of going LEAN and is making the best use of BIM 4D to reduce waste and wastage across the building construction process. Going LEAN not only helps cut down costs and make the process more efficient but also allows better risk management and improve productivity.

BIM is opening up new opportunities for the construction sector, mainly in countries of UK, Australia and UAE. Dubai authorities announced last year that BIM will henceforth be mandatory for all large and complex construction projects. While 4D BIM is a crucial part, implementation of BIM across the project lifecycle is the need of the hour.

Experts feel that there is huge potential for BIM specifically in UAE, as there are so many projects that are ongoing or in the pipeline. However firms need guidance of BIM experts to adopt BIM and extract the complete benefits of the virtual design and construction capabilities.

About Author: Nikunj Patel is a design engineer working with Hi-Tech CADD Services for the past 4 years. He loves designing specialized industrial equipments and can always be found in the lab discussing, brainstorming & tweaking designs. He has also worked on architectural projects taking interest in every aspect of design & analysis.                     

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