March 30 - April 1, 2021 | Denver, CO

AEC – Construction Management – Construction Topics

Jun 04 2020
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

AEC – Construction Management – Construction Topics

Track Name: Thursday 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Session Date: Jun 4 2020 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Using a Constructible Process to Build with Confidence

1:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Today's construction stakeholders don't care how fancy a BIM model is, they care about having buildings done on time with minimized overruns or mistakes. Traditionally, BIM has been used as a design process to give architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals insight into the design and construction of buildings and infrastructure. But, there's more to consider beyond just aBIM requirement. A Constructible process integrates the complete building lifecycle to manage construction activities, enables team collaboration and improves overall productivity. By making design, estimation, project management and engineering models available inone collaboration platform, data from different sources can come together and be used to make more informed decisions- before the build, during the build, and beyond. Constructible processes allow all stakeholders to have complete visibility with a project so that they can coordinate before they get onsite. It even increases field work productivity by enabling workers to build from 3D models that include real, manufacturer-specific components. This data-centric approach also provides construction stakeholders with analytics and business intelligence that can be used to not just build with confidence today but to also optimize their entire business process and operations tomorrow. This presentation will provide an overview of the constructible process along with real-world examples of how it is being used to driving greater value in the design, build and operate phases of construction. It will include a case study of The Beck Group's use of a constructible process for the redevelopment of Phipps Plaza from a mall into a mixed-use, upscale property with a 150-room Nobu Hotel and restaurant, 13-story office building, outdoor event venue and 90,000 square foot athletic facility.


Benefits of Hypermodeling in Construction

1:45 PM - 2:00 PM
This presentation will present the benefits of hypermodeling in construction. Hypermodeling has different meanings depending on who you ask. We define hypermodeling as the ability to switch between 2D and 3D views. With traditional BIM, we only consider the 3D elements. In our construction practice, we are not always delivered 3D content and may only be provided with 2D content. Resources, budgets and deadlines may not provide us with the opportunity to convert 2D geometry into 3D elements. With hypermodeling, we can utilize the 2D documentation within the federated 3D model to capitalize on all available information. Consider a project with model rich information from the designers and MEP trade partners, but the concrete and post-tension subcontractors only provide 2D drawings. With hypermodeling, those 2D post tension drawings can be overlaid on the model to provide a cost and schedule effective means for coordination.


Brent Johnson

Hoar Construction

Virtual Design and Construction: Enhanced Project Delivery

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Architecture & construction have historically been "siloed" disciplines. Now Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) makes the relationship seamless to avoid costly mistakes. Michael Schroeder, Partner, Director of VDC at SGA unquestionably believes the answer to schedule & budget changes is VDC. "As it stands today, the design & construction process is a legacy methodology that doesn't acknowledge how technology has enhanced our ability to communicate at all levels." VDC bridges the great divide, catches mistakes & prevents the conflicts in real-time long before construction begins. "Some studies show that 30% of construction is actually re-work," Schroeder goes on to say. "Another 10% of materials on a construction site are wasted & 30% of a general contractor's work on a project is exculpatory." Often time-sensitive questions surface late in an RFI. The measure of a successful project becomes the ability to deal with the vast number of RFI's that bog teams down. Legacy workflows halt progress & introduce unnecessary bottlenecks. "If the subcontractor spots the issue, it triggers a chain of documentation that leads to the engineers as an RFI. It can take 2+ weeks before the subcontractor receives an answer." Now imagine, the speed & efficiencies when everyone is sitting in the same space, looking at the same document, & collaborating. Suddenly - no RFIs or change orders. That's the power of VDC. The architectural-design team has traditionally passed the baton to the construction team in a linear one-sub-at-a-time fashion. This "siloed" design & execution divide is fraught with communication failures. By bringing the whole team together early in the design phase, VDC offers a seamless, smooth workflow that prevents delays. While still a relatively new practice, VDC is gaining traction among the most innovative builders & AEC firms. The team has put their personal stamp on VDC. "I like to start with an ESP - Execution Success Plan - Session. This is a kickoff to proper collaboration on the project. It allows us to huddle together & come to a consensus on a human level. Those who have experienced VDC don't need to be sold on it a second time." There are 3 fundamentals in the VDC process. For generations, architects relied on 2D technical drawings to present their plans. CAD evolved the process using a computer generated 3D model. But the real revolution began with the adoption of BIM. The second critical part is Design Assist & it changes this dynamic. The process allows for team members to work in a single, complete building model that integrates everyone's specs, submittals & changes in one place at the same time. Advanced technologies are radically changing design, but the greatest revolution may be in the resurgence of a surprisingly analog technique - collective human intelligence, the most critical component of the process. This giant "sandbox" allows the team to work side-by-side in an interdisciplinary atmosphere for the entirety of the project, called co-location The value of VDC is transformational. It controls risk, enhances agility, streamlines decision making for a significant reduction in cost & time.


Audience Q & A Panel Discussion

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM


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