Whatever your role within a construction project, you and your operations must continue to change with industry innovations. It’s imperative for all stakeholders working on a project to work toward a shared vision, which means investing in new approaches that make the process more efficient and safe.
We know productivity is the essence of every construction project, and productivity has increased with the evolution from blueprints to computer-aided design (CAD) and building information modeling (BIM). But now, there is a new way to increase efficiencies throughout each stage of a building process.
The constructible process is a way for each contractor to prepare for the future and remain up-to-date with evolving trends. It is propelling the construction industry to new heights with accessible, useful and shareable building information modeling data to each stakeholder in the field.
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- What Is Connected Construction?
- What Is the Constructible Process?
- What It Means to Build Beyond BIM
- 5 Benefits of the Constructible Process
- How the Constructible Process Increases Field Efficiency
- Trimble Hardware and Software to Implement the Constructible Process
- Trust in BuildingPoint West
What Is Connected Construction?
With dozens of different trades working on a single project, bottlenecks of information often inhibit steady productivity, and sometimes, trades can be uninformed about other areas of the construction process. Therefore, connected construction works to integrate all the moving parts of a project — on and off the worksite.
The goal of connected construction is to combine the breadth of information from each stakeholder to ensure productivity remains high. When this happens, each stakeholder has proper visibility of the project as a whole, allowing everyone to collaborate efficiently. Productivity increases throughout the supply chain, and operations become more streamlined. Sharing information across each trade also prevents delays, resulting in faster completion times.
Ensuring a connected process means working with a mutual data environment. This solution provides real-time collaboration and lessens inconsistencies while allowing everyone to transfer accurate information. Having a connected process helps each stakeholder understand the entirety of the project.
The automation that’s aligned with connected construction also drives productivity and reduces delays while eliminating the recreation of projects and data buildouts because you can update, share and approve models as you go.
What Is the Constructible Process?
Wasted time, money and resources are common factors within any construction project. Contractors often order more than necessary to avoid project delays, but this practice frequently results in leftover materials and wasted money.
Inefficiencies within a construction project also cause excessive productivity waste, rework, task overlap, running over budget, being behind schedule and other downfalls. In many cases, poor planning and communication cause these issues. Each task on the job site needs to be completed before the next subcontractor can complete their work, too, which can result in backups that cause a ripple effect in the entire project.
This is where the constructible process comes into play. The constructible process is where all trades and phases of the construction process can connect. It allows changes to be made to the entire supply chain as opposed to one or several sections at a time.
The three Cs of the constructible process include:
- Connected phases and professions: Project management and coordination improve across each touchpoint by making data accessible to everyone.
- Content-enabled models and workflow: Work with the most up-to-date content.
- Constructible models for smarter workflows: Uncover issues earlier than before with precise geometrics.
The constructible process allows all stakeholders to work together in total collaboration across the entire process of a single job.
The third C is what moves you beyond BIM, which uses 3D models of 2D drawings. The constructible process provides more intelligent workflows by ensuring each stakeholder’s contribution aligns with the work of the trade partners, contractors and owner. Overall, the process reduces waste, increases productivity and enables a fully connected team.
The three Cs also bridge gaps between the office and field operations by keeping you connected for on-time project completions. The constructible solution makes the building process more efficient because every touchpoint has improved coordination and management. Sharing dozens of different models in an open environment helps everyone coordinate better, and working from a universal platform makes it easier to exchange information between people, phases and processes.
It’s a purpose-driven approach that focuses on optimizing and coordinating the entire lifecycle of a project and even assists with budgetary and scheduling problems.
For example, mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) trades must work together to deliver optimal solutions even though they’re different systems because each complements the other. Constructible content helps you create accurate prefabrication sets, ordering lists, bills of materials and MEP system calculations.
Success is repeatable with constructible processes.
What It Means to Build Beyond BIM
Building information modeling is a collaborative process where stakeholders and architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) professionals work together to plan and design the construction of a building using a 3D model. The 3D model gives you information like installation, pricing and sourcing.
While the BIM process is common within the industry, it often proves difficult to move past the engineering stages to reach more efficient executions. Currently, useful information is often separated into different data silos. But with constructible processes, those barriers fall away and improve precision and coordination on a project which helps support construction and fabrication.
While BIM is a great design tool to aid in project visualization, more is needed to show productivity and efficiency throughout the construction lifecycle. As mentioned before, this is where the constructible model for smarter workflows comes into play by uncovering issues earlier than before with precise geometrics.
The construction industry needs to evolve from BIM to the constructible process because it meshes project management, engineering and design into a fully collaborative process. As a data-rich platform, constructible solutions include 3D models with built-quality content and metadata, resulting in accelerated modeling processes, increased visibility and improved predictability. Coordination increases between all professionals, including the owner, engineers, architects, contractors and trades.
Building beyond BIM and moving to a constructible process creates a free and secure exchange of data between all groups within a project. You have access to plans, data and models to enhance collaboration and boost workflows between office and field teams. Moving past BIM also allows data to be liberated through common languages, standards and streamlined sharing processes.
With the constructible model, you can integrate processes, improve information accuracy, reduce rework, incorporate transparency and reduce project costs while everyone works congruently.
You create an exact replica of the physical building you’re constructing when you work beyond BIM. Constructible content adds geometric parameters to form external components of a building. Then, with more manageable content, construction processes become more simplified. Constructible solutions also automatically update content libraries with the ever-changing components of a manufacturer. It’s a switch from working with 3D models to real-world components.
Going beyond BIM means going beyond the construction of the project to include maintenance and operations of a building and making data actionable throughout the facility’s lifecycle.
5 Benefits of the Constructible Process
The benefits of the constructible process allow you to share constructible models for improved coordination among all the trades working on a project. Coordination and precision go hand in hand. For example, fabrication, layout and installation have a high level of detail that constructible models can work with. Without the constructible process, each trade must create different models when determining how to build something. Using shared information eliminates the need to recreate models from scratch.
Constructability also provides 3D constructible and data-rich models that everyone can see, allowing full communication and collaboration. The platform lets each vendor collaborate with a range of file formats. As a cloud-based tool, constructible operations allow you to access, store and edit software anywhere you have an internet connection, making communication between the field and office faster and delivering accurate and efficient building processes.
The five main benefits of the constructible process include the following:
- Accurate data helps eliminate rework: A standardized process makes for simpler comprehensive models no matter who uses the system. Construction data becomes more useful during the downstream work process to save money, time and effort, making rework minimal.
- Boosted efficiency: Automated project scheduling can reduce work cycles while trade partners can also federate their work.
- Connected workflows: You can unify project phases so every project manager has access to project data, including models. Connected workflows allow constructible data to be shared for estimating, planning and fabrication.
- Real–time collaboration and communication: All stakeholders can discuss imperative processes in real time to diminish inefficiencies among project processes and enable shared access to data to work together, review and make alterations as necessary.
- Use of previous data logs: Improve upcoming project performances and estimates by using data to optimize and boost planning efforts. You can learn from experiences by creating an inventory of data you’ve collected as well as information you have yet to keep tabs on — but can benefit you in the future — to improve future performances.
With better estimates, more collaboration and accurate data, reduced waste, fewer safety incidents and higher profits will become more common with each project.
How the Constructible Process Increases Field Efficiency
The constructible model uses metadata during the construction process. For example, conventional models could visualize buildings at a conceptual level, but now, the constructible process includes manufacturer-specific information like where to buy an item, costs and deliveries. This helps increase productivity, reduce waste, boost safety and other benefits.
Data is so accurate within this system that a contractor can build directly from it while also creating a bill of materials, fabrication date and installation. Infrastructures become construction-ready much sooner because full details are ready to go, providing more accuracy and predictability within the cost and schedule.
The constructible process increases efficiency by providing you with precise geometrics and accurate insights that are needed to build. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the construction industry will grow by nearly 800,000 jobs by 2024. With this growth, it will be increasingly imperative to have a shared vision among all stakeholders within a construction project. It’s a long-term opportunity to close productivity gaps.
The constructible process also includes models with time, schedule and production control, plus cost estimating to give you more depth in understanding the entirety of a project. Time and cost components help link the design elements to the scheduled tasks, showing a relationship between the design and time of a project.
Trimble Hardware and Software to Implement the Constructible Process
Trimble has started a digital transformation with the constructible process by optimizing the design, build and operation life cycle of construction projects around the world. Their solutions focus on three areas:
- Phases and trades are connected.
- All models and workflow are content-enabled.
- Constructible models drive smarter workflows.
Collaboration is at the core of Trimble’s constructible solutions and allows the free flow of information as needed to ensure on-time project completions. This technology enables connectivity across all phases, platforms and devices so you can view, share and access information in real-time with every other stakeholder.
Changes update automatically, allowing everyone to keep building with no interruptions. What you see is what you build.
Trimble Connect is a collaboration tool that enables informed decision-making because essential people have access to the right data at the right time to enhance project efficiency. Everyone can see the big picture of a project by understanding both the overall process and minute details. Trimble Connect and the XR10 HoloLens can also connect to mixed reality solutions. They both are fed by constructible model data to generate an immersive experience. You receive the benefits of AI technology and cloud services, including increased reliability, scalability and security.
Trimble also provides 3D laser scanning systems that can complete topographic surveys, compute comprehensive data analyses, capture as-builts or renovate a model. Their 3D scanners are quick and accurate so you can create complete solutions. Trimble scanners support you, whether you’re in an urban environment, surveying, building as-built or working in industrial environments or on civil infrastructures.
The Trimble constructible process also gives you access to robotic total stations to boost reliability and efficiency at the job site. From layout to scanning tasks, Trimble solutions help eliminate the guesswork and deliver accurate measurements the first time. Robotic total solutions from Trimble support your typical layout tasks in less time with less money to improve performance and streamline the workflow with integration with FieldLink, which can help you manage the full construction process.
FieldLink is a software platform that facilitates using constructible models in the field with various sensor solutions, such as scanners, real-time strategies (RTS) and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) devices. For example, Trimble FieldLink helps you translate precise 3D models into the field by working with each layout and scanning instrument. FieldLink grants your team access to more scalable and flexible scanning and layout solutions compared to traditional techniques.
Trust in BuildingPoint West
BuildingPoint West has an experienced and certified sales and support team that can also help with training. We enable a smooth transition into using new Trimble software and equipment to keep your operations running with little to no interruptions. We are a full-service solution with a history of practical experience in consulting with project managers, engineers, contractors and others to identify workflow concerns and define a proper solution.
We have more than 60 years of boots-on-the-ground experience in bringing construction project management solutions to construction professionals. If you’re struggling with it, we have solved it.
Request a demo online or call customer support at (888) 434-8014 to learn more about our Trimble constructible process solutions.