4D BIM and Scheduling

Construction Administration

As a leader in complex scheduling and BIM process innovation, VIATechnik is committed to providing the construction industry with 4D solutions that effectively support Project Controls teams. Through Fuzor, Synchro, Revit and Primavera, construction projects can be better transformed with 4D BIM capabilities. Schedules for an entire project can be simulated prior to the construction phase all the way through to the completion of your project. The pros of using 4D BIM model through tools such as Fuzor and Synchro translate most significantly into increased productivity, a reduction of expensive late-stage changes, and favor amongst your owners when demonstrating your approach quickly and in the most straightforward and effective way.

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At VIATechnik, we believe that incorporating 4D BIM into your projects is essential in ensuring stakeholders understand project complexities and deliver projects on time. 4D BIM is about visualizing construction schedules in a way that can’t be done with linear Gantt charts. It enables better construction sequencing, improved trade coordination, and enhanced project safety. We strive to push the limits when it comes to the Virtual Design and Construction industry, and we want to provide our clients every opportunity to adopt cutting edge construction technology. Embarking on a construction project can be challenging, and we are here to simplify the process, plan and execute a better project.

4D BIM is today’s best solution to construction scheduling, and through our work with Fuzor and Synchro, we facilitate a better planning experience. Here are some additional qualities of 4D BIM that make a difference when choosing to work with today’s modern approach in construction scheduling versus traditional methods:

• Use of 2D project planning and scheduling with 4D simulation capabilities in real-time operation

• Visualization of potential sequences of the project in detail from start to finish

• View project tasks and resources at any given time without having to resort to traditional Gantt charts and design documents

• Easy interoperability functions with other industry CAD and BIM platforms that support job speed and efficiency

• Simple data synchronization abilities

• High level of clear and quick communication through immediate schedule updates with intelligent linking

• Detecting abilities against space-time clashes and conflicts to overcome problems early on

If you are still using a Gantt Chart for construction scheduling, you are missing out on new project optimization opportunities. When you take advantage of a 4D BIM model, it’s possible to take the planning to a new level.

What is 4D BIM Scheduling and How Does It Work?

4D scheduling allows you to combine a traditional project schedule from Primavera, Astra or Project with a 3D model of a project so you can see the plans for project construction. Since images have the power of relaying important information to users, utilizing BIM when it comes to schedule visualization can achieve amazing project results.

In short, a picture is worth a thousand words when it comes to construction project schedules. The traditional 2D scheduling options aren’t as useful due to their inability to fit into the hectic project management process. While it’s still possible to use a Gantt chart, why would you do it when there is a a better and more efficient alternative?  

Building information modeling changed the construction industry, bringing it to a new level with the potential of 4D. It’s an extremely valuable tool, which can be used for many different purposes to streamline your construction services.

How Often Would You Use a 4D Scheduling Model on a Project?

The majority of construction companies take advantage of 4D BIM. Unfortunately, not all of them use it on a regular basis. While the concept isn’t new, only a few leaders use it from the beginning to the end of the project.

With a variety of useful information available, why don’t construction companies take full advantage of 4D BIM modeling to improve their project controls processes? They tend to use 4D for the proposal process as part of the business development process. Unfortunately, once a project begins, it is still quite rare to continuously use 4D scheduling with 2D Gantt charts prevailing.

The reasons for such rare use of the 4D scheduling process include:

·         Time – general contractors tend to mistakenly believe that it requires more time managing a schedule in 3D than in the traditional Gantt charts.

·         Skills – construction team members often don’t have the relevant skills to take advantage of this model’s benefits.

·         Pull plan schedule – another myth is that it is not easy to integrate a pull plan with a 4D model. Without proper integration, companies have to maintain a traditional pull plan alongside the 4D schedule.

More often than not, stakeholders and other non-tech-savvy team members may believe that they will have a tough time switching from one technology to another.

How to Implement 4D BIM Schedules into Your Project

4D BIM is a big part of the construction industry’s progress. While a certain risk may be associated with using new technology for scheduling, in the long run, it has a high ROI. It can cut the project cost while helping your company manage its time and tasks on and off site.

By taking full advantage of 4D BIM modeling and scheduling from the beginning to the end of the project, you capitalize on the progress, mitigate risks, and stay ahead of the competition.

Integrated Scheduling Solutions

We utilize scheduling techniques in real-time coordination with 3D models. Through Fuzor and Synchro’s advanced 4D BIM software and CPM engine, we enable our team to view complex 4D scheduling possibilities and edit construction projects concurrently with other stakeholders. Designs, processes, and data information can also be integrated from your existing BIM or scheduling software into our 4D tools. With a projected visual layout of your project’s construction over time, we can help turn your BIM into a more beneficial tool. You can expect constructable solutions, as well as speed and efficiency from VIATechnik with your scheduling project needs.

For more on how we can help you with 4D BIM and schedule integration, contact us via the form below. and a representative will respond within 24 hours. You can also call us at (312) 462-1060 or email us at [email protected]


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