4D | 5D BIMS

Traditionally, “planning consists of those processes performed to establish the total scope of the efforts, define and refine the objectives, and develop the course of action required to attain project objectives”. Project planning is therefore closely aligned with developing project strategy. As Information is frequently limited, planning then requires good understanding and experience of the project work starting early in the design phase, and involving all key stakeholders. The main benefits of planning and construction scheduling are gained by engaging in the process – therefore the planning process should be participatory and evolutionary. Project planning is viewed as a common starting point from which to adapt as project detail evolves and not as a script. Flexibility and adaptability encompasses project evolutionary trends, allowing the opportunity to pursue a variety of options as the more detailed working schedule is developed.

BIM Projects Consulting leverages on 4D BIM advanced technology and application tools to strengthen the choice of alternatives and extracting accurate scheduling information from a BIM model. Deploys more effective and efficient tool in reviewing progress against the baselined programme and visually highlighting where progress is behind. BIM Projects Consulting utilises 4D BIM modelling in adding or linking the fourth-dimension schedule to the 3D BIM model leading to a higher collaborative workflow. Our fourth-dimension model links the 3D elements with the project delivery timeline to provide users a virtual simulation of the project within 4D environment. The linkage to project timeline makes it possible to graphically visualize the projects schedule and users can simulate the building site and construction at any point developing real time schedule and workspace planning. BIM Projects Consulting uses the simulation to provide considerable inspirational timeframe insight that allows for early detection of planning errors thus eliminating costly design errors. Our 4D BIM advanced tools possess integrated capability to verify and optimize site logistics and operations (like temporary components such as crane, traffic access, lorries, lifts and large items) to visually plan and manage space utilization of a construction site throughout the project. Interrogates particularly challenging construction sites or a large complex project to examine the critical path activities, consider real time work schedules, handle logistics and deliveries and to redefine in general terms how the building or infrastructure is to be constructed. With our advanced interoperability process, it is easier to consider more buildability and/or constructability options, allowing a number of construction options to be prepared and translated into a 3D representation of the construction process.


Construction suppliers traditionally determine project cost, requirements and material quantities by performing manual takeoffs, interpreting data manually while completing costing tasks, a process integrated with potentials for human error. Traditionally, CAD drawing is scanned and manually interpreted to calculate quantities that make up building cost in contrast to BIM Projects Consulting digital measurement software that allows users to strip a building model of its layers, analyze and examine individual designs in isolation for visual takeoffs. BIM Projects Consulting eliminates error prone process for manual takeoff and manual spreadsheet reporting formats by improving management of cost information, structured information exchange, management of cost data, efficient cost modelling and accurate data interpretation. With our 5D BIM process and advanced technological workflow, digital construction information allows contractors, employers and the multi-disciplinary project team to generate accurate cost and essential estimating information with model element attributes like size, area, object family type, and productivity projections. BIM Projects Consulting 5D BIM modelling is the linking of the fifth-dimension to 3D BIM model, extracting non-graphical data and model attributes to generate cost information, material, plant and labour quantities within a level 2 BIM collaborative environment. Evolving design changes are automated to improve progressive accuracy of cost performance. BIM Projects Consulting 5D model links BIM model to cost data through a digital model information for quantity takeoff generating accurate project cost estimation. Why BIM Projects Consulting 5D BIM Modelling strategy:

*Improve the capital and whole life cost outcome is a major performance metric.
*Speedy dimensional data extraction means you can process more data more quickly to provide reliable advice within real time or a much shorter time-frame leading to better informed decision making.
*Enables a rapid analysis of comparative designs tackling what if scenarios, increased cost accuracy, whole project cost and time savings.
*To allow a more closely QS’s and estimators collaboration with the design team and the employer throughout design and construction to actively drive better cost and whole-of-life outcomes.
*Option appraisal of different design alternatives at the early stage is more accurately assessed and with the designers in possession of the cost information at their fingertips, the iterative design process will be accelerated, making it more likely that the designs are aligned with client’s budget.

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