Much like BIM, Virtual Design Construction (VDC) is an integrated approach to construction that involves the management of multifaceted performance models. This way of working has strong ties to collaboration and integration, with BIM being frequently used in it. An ideal VDC project strategy incorporates key professionals and technology for construction. With all parties involved in the modeling and design phase, the risk of conflicts arising in any of the building’s sub-systems is reduced.
Let’s start by taking a look at what VDC is. With a commitment to delivering quality on all projects, Chad Fisher Construction ensures it stays on top of the latest innovations when it comes to building practices and technology within the construction industry. One such aspect of technology is that of VDC.
Before beginning a project in the real world, VDC involves building a virtual project to identify and correct any issues before the work is underway. In addition to 3D modeling and the input of physical aspects of the project (BIM), time and budget are incorporated, adding a 5D element to it. It allows the construction stakeholders to analyze each phase visually, with improved scheduling and budget capabilities.
In every construction project, there is the question of profitability and sustainability to consider. VDC saves the time and effort usually required in the costing process by ensuring that all necessary components and systems are incorporated into the cost estimates.
Using BIM software (which is inherent to the VDC process), construction companies can extract specific data related to the building materials to generate accurate cost estimates before a project is launched. Using a visual assessment model, engineers and architects will have a complete picture of the project and know exactly what and how many of each component is required for construction, mitigating the chance of anything being overlooked in the planning phase.
Subsequently, this results in a more accurate project cost or budget being given, and less chance of running over what was initially accounted for at the beginning.
Falling behind on project timelines and milestones is less than ideal and can have far-reaching affects for all involved. It can result in both customer and construction company budgets exploding, not to mention unhappy clients who planned on launching business operations on the promised date.
With the visual model, there is more transparency on the project. Architects, engineers, and the construction team will all have a better idea of how to implement their respective schedules and work together more efficiently. When this is done from the very beginning, all stakeholders can keep a closer eye on the progress of the project, and anticipate any delays before it is too late.
Once a building has been signed off and put into operational use, repairs and maintenance need to be constantly adhered to in order to keep up effective work standards.
Instead of construction project being complete upon hand over of the keys, VDC technology means that the client has an accurate and detailed map of the building’s sub-systems. The inclusion of these comprehensive 3D models will allow them to update it should any renovations or remodeling take place. Knowing what is involved in every aspect of the construction will help them to anticipate the timeframe required for repairs and maintenance tasks.
Safety is always a major area for concern in construction; safety for the builders and safety for the people that will ultimately occupy the space. Virtual Design allows for an intensive, in-depth assessment to be made on the structural integrity of a building prior to the construction commencing to identify any potential risk hazards. This occurs through the provision of a visual, to-scale portrayal of the building environment.
Using this technology also allows the architects or engineers to identify possible hazards on the actual construction site. Taking this information into account, the building team and project manager can better mitigate the risks they face while on the job.
Through the meticulous compilation of 3D visuals from the BIM software, those involved in the construction will know exactly what is going into construction in terms of infrastructure. Future-proofing means ensuring that things like gas lines can be extended should the building undergo expansion.
With over 40 years in the industry, we understand the frustration that delayed projects pose to businesses. A delay in the building can be the reason budgets are pushed beyond comfortable limits; it can cut into usual business practices and affect profitability, and it can lead to downright unhappy customers.
Through the adoption of Virtual Design Construction, business owners undertaking a construction project can get an accurate completion date for projects, generate more complete budgets, as well as have an entire sub-system visual to aid safety and future maintenance on their building.