Time animated models are created to represent the planned construction sequence. 4D adds the time dimension of the construction schedule to the 3D model, by linking each activity of a Gantt chart to the BIM. 4D facilitates the planning of the work and makes communication with other stakeholders easier. We also link the cost or fifth dimension to the 4D BIM, creating 5D cost schedules that facilitate cost-benefit analysis.
Procurement and Quantity Take-Offs (QTO)
Accurate quantification of building components is a constant necessity during the design and construction phases of any project. ENGworks assists during the Procurement process by providing QTOs generated from the BIM.
Accurate comparative data, combined with optional studies and/or phases, can be a powerful tool in maintaining and optimizing efficiencies. ENGworks collaborates with our clients to maximize the value of a model toward these tasks.
4D Scheduling | Construction Sequencing
Complex site logistics and installation phasing are some of the many potential applications for visualization. Graphic representations, created to understand time-based processes, helps foresee conflicts, and study potential solutions. 4D adds the time factor of the construction schedule to the 3D model. We can directly link each activity of a Gantt chart (generated in project management software such as Primavera or Microsoft Project) to the BIM. We work with SYNCHRO or Navisworks to create these deliverables.
These animated models represent the planned construction sequence set against time. The main purpose of a construction phasing simulation is to provide a tool that will help the construction team visualize logistical issues or inefficiencies. The simulation exposes details such as out-of-sequence work, scheduling conflicts between multiple trades, “what if” scenarios, and macro-level construction phasing strategies – all to achieve the optimization of the construction schedule.
We can also maintain the 4D up to date as construction evolves.
As Presentation Material. In those cases where the CG has yet to win the work and needs to impress his client, we create cost effective 4D animated construction schedules to show the Owner, that the contractor has the work well thought through and that he leverages BIM technology to build efficiently and timely.
5D Cost Estimation
Conventional estimating techniques that rely on two-dimensional drawing measurements have substantial potential for ambiguity, inefficiency, and error. A three-dimensional project model removes the ambiguity and potential inconsistencies in project quantity estimations.
The fifth dimension (5D) is cost, which is brought into the virtual building life cycle.
A 5D estimate is a BIM linked to construction cost estimation through material quantities that are automatically generated from the data within the model. 5D Estimation improves budgeting, provides cost-loaded schedules, and displays multiple interactive forecasts to make agile comparisons. When the design is changed, cost adjustments are calculated in real-time. This enables general contractors to help the owner improve the design with value-engineering decisions.
How we deliver our services – Off or On-Site
All our services can be performed at our own office, communicating via web-based collaboration tools, video calls, and traditional phone calls.
However, we also believe that for certain endeavors a personal presence is required to increase communication, thereby maximizing efficiency. ENGworks designed a unique On-Site support business model, where we can provide on-site support by sending our BIM professionals to work at your office or in the field for some time (from a few weeks, months, or even years at larger projects); while the rest of the team at ENGworks supports you from our offices.
We also offer different types of contracts to suit your needs, such as Time and Material, Lump Sum, and Full-time engagements. Please contact us to discuss your next BIM project.