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Foundations Episode #10 – Does VDC Help Contractors In Self-Perform Applications?
Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) is widely viewed as a fantastic tool for GC/CM roles where overall project coordination is paramount to success. But can VDC be a net positive specifically for the GC’s self-performing trades? In this episode the Foundations team tackles this question with Matt Hedke, VDC Self-Perform Manager for Barton Malow. Matt also discusses lessons learned and best practices as it pertains to his own experience in implementing VDC at the self-perform level.
Foundations Episode #9 – Can You Have Too Much Detail In Your Model?
Being in control is a hallmark of a successful design or construction firm. The idea that more data is better permeates the entire construction process. And to be sure, robust data leads to better decisions. But what about model detail? In this episode the Foundations studio team discusses this important question, and looks at some particular points in the construction process where less can actually be more. Whether it’s balancing tight delivery schedules against model detail, or simplifying models for in-field clarity, in some cases, more isn’t always more.
Foundations Episode #8 – Using Analytics To Drive Real-World Improvement
Dashboards, metrics, KPIs, there’s no shortage of buzzwords that surround the idea of leveraging the power of actionable data in making better construction decisions. In this podcast, the Foundations team sits down with Kris Lengieza, Director Of Virtual Design & Construction for Stiles Construction. Relating and discussing Stiles’ efforts and initiatives with data analytics, Kris unpacks this current and timely topic while also brining a real-world, on-the ground perspective to the conversation.
Foundations Episode #7 – Intelligent Access Control
With the amount of traffic on the modern jobsite, controlling who is on site at any given time is an enormous but necessary undertaking. But what exactly does “intelligent access control” mean? It could mean ensuring only workers who have completed the orientation and the safety training are allowed on the site. It could also mean having a detailed understanding of who is on the site at any given time. It could even mean controlling who is allowed on a restricted jobsite. All of these aspects of access control can be achieved through effective workforce management, ensuring a safe and productive environment. In this episode, we talk with Steve Montgomery and Rochelle Wintz to discuss the benefits of intelligent access control and workforce management and how contractors can use it to understand and report on workforce trends, compliance requirements and manage site access.
Foundations Episode #6 – No BIM – Field Layout Without A Coordinated Model
If there’s one consistent thread within the AEC industry over the past 10 years, it’s the incredible value and visibility that BIM affords throughout the entire project lifecycle. And to be sure, a completely coordinated and federated model allows all stakeholders to leverage and realize a tremendous advantage throughout the entire construction process. But what happens if you don’t have a fully constructible model? Is there any value to utilizing high precision construction layout tools, such as robotic total stations? In this episode, the Foundations team sits down with Alex Reitsema of BuildingPoint West. Spending his entire career within the construction layout space, Alex discusses some unique capabilities and deliverables that can be realized, even without a fully coordinated VDC model.
Laser scanning offers some fantastic deliverables, allowing contractors and designers to measure, evaluate, analyze, and document their existing conditions with a resolution and fidelity that is simply unmatched using more traditional methods. But one of the greatest benefits of laser scanning is the ability to analyze and review the data set long after capture, often looking at elements and scope that was never intended when the data was captured. In this episode, the Foundations team discusses this powerful ability to scan now, and analyze later.