4D Scheduling, or the fourth dimension of Building Information Management, involves the integration of the actual construction schedule into the mode. This allows all involved parties to more accurately compare the real-life construction to the estimated completion of the model. These time animated models make it easier to communicate with stakeholders as well as integrate 5D cost schedules in order to facilitate the cost-benefit analysis of the entire project in real-time.


4D Scheduling and Construction Sequencing

There are many potential applications to the visualization of 4d scheduling such as keeping track of complex site logistics as well as the phasing of installation on the project. These graphic representations are needed in order to created and understand the length of time needed for each phase of the project, help foresee potential conflicts and create solutions ahead of time.

The animated model provides a visual tool to help the construction team visualize potential logistical issues or inefficiencies in the project, which may occur due to scheduling conflicts between different trades, out-of-sequence work, and other “what if” scenarios. Our main purpose is to optimize the construction schedule for your project while maintaining macro-level construction phasing strategies.

Animated 4D construction schedules are a cost-effective way for contractors looking to impress clients show that future work is well thought through and that BIM technology can be leveraged to build the project in a time-efficient manner.

5D Cost Estimation

Where two-dimensional measurements of cost estimation have the potential for ambiguity, inefficiency, and error, three-dimensional project models linked with 5D cost estimating removes uncertainty within your project.

The fifth-dimension in a BIM Model is linked to construction cost and estimates material quantities through generated data already present within the model automatically. By including 5D cost estimation into your project contractors can improve the budget efficiency of a project and provide coast-loaded schedules to clients and all other necessary parties.

When designs are changed on your model, cost adjustments are calculated in real-time, allowing general contractors to bring value-engineering decisions to the project and improve the design.

Construction workers using BIM technology. A 4D BIM construction model creates greater visibility of what elements have been completed and which elements not yet been addressed, increasing productivity and reducing time wasted.

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