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4D Modeling: The Next Step in Engineering Technology

December 30, 2017

 

If you aren't using 4D modeling to plan your next project, you haven't unlocked your business potential. Even 3D designs are static, requiring more resources to execute each step of your project. Don't lose out to competitors with better price tags, timeframes, and designs.

 

4D Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a breakthrough planning tool in modern design. That's because it allows you to visualize projects at every step. Three-dimensional space meets the temporal dimension to empower every member of your team.

 

As opposed to sketches or even 3D layouts, you don't need to create several models for each team member. Architects, designers, and contractors can collaborate on a single 4D model. This gives you a huge advantage when presenting to clients as well.

 

But what about your team on the ground floor? In this article, we'll consider what 4D models can do for your engineers and builders.

 

Practical Advantages of 4D Modeling

The foundation of 4D modeling is computer-assisted Design (CAD). CAD provides designers with tools to optimize all aspects of the project. This results in better layouts and schematics for design teams.

 

Some projects get lost in translation from CAD to the construction site. 4D models do a great job of preventing this from happening. That's because every step of the design process connects to the others.

 

4D models help engineers anticipate project duration as well. This is especially helpful for long-term projects. Manual calculations for long-term projects have greater disruption over time.

 

7 Ways 4D Models Are Transforming Engineering

Engineers hold the bulk of responsibility when implementing a project. Their work is only as good as their skills and the resources on hand. 4D models provide the best bridge from design to construction on the market.

 

Below are seven examples of how 4D modeling is transforming engineering. We'll share insights into how this provides better business results as well.

 

1. Cost Savings

Even with standard CAD, the design process requires a lot of resources. 2D and 3D designs can't support project stages, requiring greater spend on materials. They need a lot of dedicated attention from your staff, adding to overhead.

 

4D models reduce those costly stages by using one streamlined process. Teams can better visualize efficiency opportunities and remove unnecessary resources as well.

 

Next, engineers will have better visualization of needed resources. They can plan scheduling and deliveries with greater efficiency. Companies save when teams use time and resources to their fullest potential.

 

2. Timeliness of Completion

Engineers and construction workers struggle to anticipate time loss in advance. There are hundreds of factors that can contribute to delays. But inefficiencies at the planning stage should never be among them.

 

4D models provide a seamless display of how your projects progress over time. This allows managers to predict project times even during design. This is not easy otherwise, even with 3D models.

 

Those insights carry over to engineers who can apply them to the physical world. It's impossible to predict all delays in a long construction project. But engineers and constructions workers have an advantage with 4D models.

 

3. Better Safety and Risk Identification

Accidents usually occur during transitory phases. Without the ability to visualize over time, these risks can grow larger.

 

With 4D designs, those risks are more apparent during the design stage.

 

That's because designers can identify problem areas from one point in time to another. They can highlight these areas to the benefit of engineers. Those teams can visualize potential conflicts and prevent them from the start.

 

4. Optimization

Companies lose money when they can't properly allocate resources. Project managers have trouble selecting the best resources for a project as well. A 4D model will allow them to choose alternatives and optimize labor over time.

 

For engineers, this means fewer unnecessary resources on site. It means workers are making the most out of their time on the job. And it reduces their chances of going over budget on a project.

 

4D models allow planners to improve time management as well. They can see exactly when certain resources or tools are required. This limits the need for investment in equipment, materials, and labor.

 

5. Accurate Project Monitoring

Using a 2D layout during construction makes it harder to visualize progress. With 4D models, schedulers can see the entire construction site over time. They can look at all aspects of the actual build and verify its progress.

 

This allows schedulers to identify inconsistencies as well. If real aspects of the project don't match the 4D model, they will notice right away. This prevents backtracking, future delays, or even accidents.

 

6. Creative Opportunity

Putting innovation in motion is never without setbacks. It's difficult for an entire team at different stages to understand their roles in new ideas right away.

 

4D models allow your teams to innovate construction without miscommunication. The 4D model provides all critical elements of the project at the very start.

 

Freeing your design team of a static model opens opportunities for ingenuity. They can visualize how construction teams can carry out these new ideas successfully. Engineers can take part in an innovative design without unforeseen complications.

 

7. Greater Business Value

Business stakeholders will always want to maximize business value while minimizing costs. That includes risks and any shortcomings in your teams and projects.

 

4D models increase timeliness and efficiency. They provide for better communication and more innovation. Most importantly, they limit risk and help teams prevent crisis situations.

Your project flow is a factor of time.

 

By incorporating time into your modeling, the design becomes a focal point for your entire team. It serves as both a model and as an efficient channel to communicate ideas.

 

Best of all, it makes everyone's jobs easier. It reduces headaches and frustrations. Plus, it opens doors for new creativity in the design and construction space.

 

Start Your First 4D Solution Today

Despite its enormous value, 4D models are more accessible than ever. Your investment in a 4D modeling solution will take your business to a new level of sophistication. It will open up opportunities and delight your clients as well.

 

Contact EDOXX for a free assessment of your upcoming project. Discover what 4D models could do for your business!

 

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