Track 5: Virtual Design & Construction

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Moving Towards a Model-Based Preconstruction Standard2:30pm - 3:30pm

Moving Towards a Model-Based Preconstruction Standard

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The presentation will seek to promote the advancement of model-based pre-construction practices.  Highlighting current challenges requiring broader-scale collaboration between industry (practitioners) and applications (software vendors) in order to successfully scale these practices.  For industry members, the discussion will demonstrate how the current BIMForum Level of Development Specifications can serve as an industry accepted alignment tool and establish rules for projects employing model-based estimating practices. 

The framework of the discussion will cover model elements on a scale of 100 to 400 with a particular focus on the correlation between LOD and current cost estimating best practices. 
The presentation will demonstrate how the LOD Specification can be used to establish expectations of what should be modeled for the benefit of the project stakeholders.

Practical examples of model detail issues will be shown along with effective approaches to resolve the challenges using the LOD Specification as an early BIM planning tool.

1) Be able to recognize the existing gaps with model-based estimating and scheduling preventing industry-   wide adoption. 
2) As a model author, understand the key requirements for translating model-based information into actionable estimating and scheduling data. 
3) Be exposed to the preliminary work of the BIMForum Taskforce working to establish estimating and scheduling LOD standards
4) See examples of LOD-based model geometry and related information that supports cost estimating workflow

Essentials for a Lean Architecture3:45pm - 4:45pm

Essentials for a Lean Architecture

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Design professionals face continued pressure to do more with the same or often fewer, resources. This presentation considers where “less is more” and shares building blocks for rethinking and improving design and delivery processes.

Building on strategies drawn from Lean principles, this program highlights the tenets underlying excellence in project delivery. It focuses on five essentials: accelerated decision-making, effective communication, strategic modeling, targeted reviews and streamlined documents. Examine strategies, techniques and methodologies that have proven effective, and consider how to restructure your firm's design and delivery processes around what contributes actual value and reduces wasteful efforts. 

1) Identify process management methodologies including Lean Thinking, 6 Sigma, and the Theory of Constraints and how they impact design management practices.

2) Implement approaches to simplify model and drawing development while also increasing the usefulness of project deliverables.

3) Incorporate a structured approach for improving building systems integration.

4) Integrate technology driven workflows with time honored practices that enhance document preparation and comprehension.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

How VDC Planning and Execution Can Drive Successful Design-Build Outcomes11:00am - 12:00pm

How VDC Planning and Execution Can Drive Successful Design-Build Outcomes

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Beginning with the owner’s objectives in mind, virtual design & construction (VDC) planning elevates everyone’s thinking to a more integrated, strategic level while driving value throughout the project. This session offers a straight-forward project delivery map for integrating BIM as the tool, LOD as the language and VDC as the process. A playbook, exercise and examples demonstrate steps toward success (and missteps to avoid) – from RFP through contract, execution, and delivery and turnover. 

1) Map an integrated VDC process that aligns with a Design-Build project delivery model to drive value for the owner to achieve their goals.

2) Articulate how the owner’s BIM-enabled expectations should be integrated into the performance-based requirements of their RFP/RFQ language, as well as becoming part of the qualification and value-based selection process.

3) Identify and bring the right individuals to the table early in the VDC process (including the new role of a VDC Leader) to spark innovation while driving value and mitigating project risks as an integrated project team.

4) Define the most common points of misalignment and how to avoid waste and redundancy across the design-build team.

DfMA, Prefabrication, and Element-Centric Target Value Design12:00pm - 1:00pm

DfMA, Prefabrication, and Element-Centric Target Value Design

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This session will focus on how the collaborative process involving owners, designers, contractors, and manufacturers changes when architects learn how to ‘assemble’ architecture with the use of design for manufacturing and assembly (DfMA) principles and prefabricated elements like advanced building products, single/multi trade assemblies, and volumetric modules. Attendees will understand how roadblocks in the design and estimating process either enable or constrain downstream optimization of prefabrication for the construction and operations teams. 

1) Understand the top eight Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA) principles and see real examples of how to put them to use.

2) Learn the difference between a traditional trade-based target value design process and an element-centric target value design process.

3) How to create certainty around design choices and scopes in order to create certainty for procurement and construction

4) Focus on how the collaborative process involving designers, builders, suppliers, estimators, and owners changes

Project Management Software Considerations for Alternative Project Delivery2:00pm - 3:00pm

Project Management Software Considerations for Alternative Project Delivery

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Deploying alternative project delivery methods means that your existing project management software might not be well-suited for this type of project delivery. Workflows are different, roles are different, and needs are different. The busy procurement phase of these projects also has special requirements. Learn how to get the best for your agency in this review of the state of the market. 

1) Recognize key considerations that result in a different approach to project management software in alternative delivery.

2) Compare and contrast available project management software approaches.

3) Interpret what sort of project types/methods/sizes may impact software selection.

4) Appreciate the legal and commercial risks associated with planning a procurement with digital software in mind

Virtual Design and Construction During a Pandemic3:15pm - 4:15pm

Virtual Design and Construction During a Pandemic

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The workplace of today is rapidly evolving, and it is not enough for firms to have a grasp of the latest BIM/VDC technologies. We must embrace the transition to cloud platforms that allow work to be done from anywhere – remote sites, homes and traditional offices. This requires close collaboration between IT infrastructure teams and BIM/VDC teams, something that has traditionally been difficult for most organizations. This trend has been illuminated by the recent COVID-19 pandemic and we will show what a completely virtual and remote workforce looks like and how this helped Southland transition to the new virtual workplace.

1) Define VDI, SAAS and be able to differentiate between these types of technologies.

2) Recognize the potential value/benefits that these platforms bring to the industry and organizations.

3) Analyze, compare, and assess what approaches may be right for their organizations.

4) Identify potential challenges with implementation of these technologies.

Friday, October 30, 2020

The Lifecycle of a Building: Adding Value with Virtual Intelligent Models11:00am - 12:00pm

The Lifecycle of a Building: Adding Value with Virtual Intelligent Models

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It's no secret that BIM platforms collect and maintain building data to mitigate construction delays and costs, but can they be used more efficiently? How can they be used post-build? The industry needs growth to move from visualization to intelligent models that act as hubs of accessible knowledge. Mitch Hughes, CEO of ViZZ, will discuss benefits that span the entire building lifecycle offered by collecting and maintaining information within virtual twins while using existing workflows. 

1) Grasp why technology and innovation make operations and the industry more efficient and effective.

2) Identify how intelligent models and virtual twins enable parties to make effective decisions and understand impacts.

3) Realize how data enhances operations & ROI from design & construction through facility management, thus spanning the entire lifecycle of a property.

4) Appreciate the financial impact of accessible information during a property’s full lifecycle

Reality Capture with Laser Scanning, Overview for Owners and Their Teams12:00pm - 1:00pm

Reality Capture with Laser Scanning, Overview for Owners and Their Teams

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This presentation will address what owners and their teams need to understand about reality capture when requesting proposals from reality capture providers. It will go through the complete scope of reality capture topics, including premobilization, mobilization, field work, registration processing, delivery of point cloud data, and "Scan-to-BIM Modeling". It will share lessons learned from planning and scoping projects as large as a four million (4+ M) square foot laser scan project to as small as a one-hour mechanical room scan, and everything in between. 

1) How premobilization and field work conditions effect scoping reality capture.

2) Registration and deliverables for Owners.

3) Speaker: Registration and deliverables for Owners.

4)  This presentation will also include a discussion of two other fundamental BIMForum documents. These are the BIM Execution Planning Guide and the LOD Specification.